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Eczema: Managing Uncomfortable Skin Conditions

Eczema, an itchy rash, can be one of the most annoying and uncomfortable skin conditions, occurring anywhere on the body. It may start as a simple rash but can worsen into a very red and extremely irritated area when scratched.

Types of Eczema

  • Atopic Dermatitis: Occurs in infants and children, persisting into adulthood. Signs include severely itchy, scaly areas on the insides of the elbow, behind the knees, on the face, or anywhere else on the body.
  • Contact Dermatitis: Results from skin exposure to an allergen, whether an allergy-trigger or substances like poison ivy.
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis: Chronic eczema affecting body parts with numerous oil glands, such as the scalp, eyebrows, nose, and chest. The affected areas have a flaky white appearance.
  • Hand Eczema: Red, itchy, dry, flaky, cracking, blistering hands or feet are signs of hand eczema.

General Tips for Managing Symptoms:

  • Avoid long hot showers that remove moisture from the skin.
  • Apply lotion while the skin is still damp after bathing to seal in moisture.
  • Choose breathable, soft clothing and avoid itchy fabrics.
  • Select creams or lotions specifically formulated for eczema symptoms that are gentle and fragrance-free.
  • Popular products for relieving itching and skin irritation contain shea butter, colloidal oatmeal, and hyaluronic acid.
  • Avoid alcohol-based products and fragrances that may trigger eczema flare-ups.

Eczema Treatments:

  • Corticosteroid ointments
  • Antibiotics
  • Oral corticosteroids
  • Injectable biologics
  • Therapies like wet dressings or light therapy may also be successful in treating eczema patients.

Seeking professional help from a dermatologist for controlling or eliminating eczema symptoms is a crucial step. Schedule an appointment today.