Eczema can be bothersome at any age. It can be worrisome because of the appearance, and irritating due to itchiness – one of the most common symptoms.
Many doctors will tell patients to swap out their detergents, soaps, and other cosmetics to milder versions or trusted brands, but sometimes this isn’t enough to calm eczema outbreaks – as you may well be aware.
Perhaps you’ve tried changing your diet to no avail. When this happens, it’s time to consult with a dermatologist.
Let’s Take a Closer Look at Eczema
This condition is otherwise known as dermatitis. Eczema can appear at any age, and some studies suggest that certain stressors can influence new or worsening symptoms. The most common types of eczema include:
- Atopic Dermatitis – which is common in infants. The traits of this type of eczema include a crust like appearance in folds between the knees or elbows for instance.
- Contact Dermatitis – which is largely caused by irritants including perfumes and even metal.
- Seborrheic Dermatitis – this is known as dandruff in layman’s terms.
Eczema is typically inherited, however, other medical conditions and environmental factors can also cause eczema.
How to Treat
A seasoned dermatologist is your best arsenal for fighting this persistent and embarrassing problem.
The most common treatment options for eczema include topical medicines that include steroids, which work to inhibit flare-ups.
If over the counter medicines don’t work or only work temporarily, then more drastic options may need to be taken, including:
- Phototherapy – which is essentially applying UV light therapy to the affected areas. This therapy has an impressive success rating, and the benefits include decreasing itchiness and inflammation, as well as boosting Vitamin D production in the body.
- Prescriptions – your doctor may prescribe antibiotics or immunosuppressants in order to curb the symptoms of your eczema. A long-term plan may also be devised to manage the condition effectively.
There are moreover alternative therapies that involve hypnosis, holistic treatments like bathing in vinegar-spiked water, or undergoing acupuncture for instance.
One common advice purported by those who have eczema however, is that the skin should be kept moisturized throughout the day.
The Skin and Vein Center has treated a range of skin issues, in a range of skin types over the last 30 Years. Dr. Seiger is an experienced dermatologist who uses his knowledge, skills, and experience to bring relief to your eczema.