Do you have red, scaly, and itchy skin? It might be eczema. Also called atopic dermatitis, eczema is one of the most common skin conditions in babies and children, but it can develop at any age. For expert diagnosis and eczema treatment, visit the team at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates in Fort Worth and Southlake, Texas. Request an appointment for yourself or your child online, or call one of the convenient office locations today.
Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a condition that causes red, itchy skin. It’s common in babies and children. And while it can disappear as a child grows up, it’s possible for anyone of any age to have eczema.
It’s a long-term condition that may cause significant discomfort. It’s not clear what causes eczema, but you might be more likely to develop it if you have asthma or other allergies.
Some people with eczema go through periods where symptoms flare up and then clear for years at a time. Treatment for eczema is focused on eliminating triggers and reducing the frequency of flare-ups to promote skin health.
This common skin condition is characterized by red, itchy skin. However, eczema symptoms can differ between individuals. Signs of eczema can include:
Eczema often develops on the hands, wrists, feet, and ankles. Patches may appear in the bends of elbows and knees, around the neck, or on the upper chest.
Because eczema makes the skin itchy, it can create a damaging cycle that makes the condition worse. Scratching patches of eczema when they itch irritates the skin more, aggravating it further.
The allergy team at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates can diagnose eczema with a physical exam. Eczema can be difficult to treat, but the team partners with you to find relief from your symptoms.
Medications for eczema include oral anti-inflammatories and topical creams. Creams and lotions can control itching, moisturize the skin, and help repair it.
Talk to your allergist to learn more about lifestyle changes that can improve symptoms of eczema. Moisturizing skin regularly, taking steps to avoid allergy triggers, and using gentle cleansers can help prevent eczema flare-ups.
If it’s your baby that has eczema, treatment often includes avoiding skin irritants. Make sure you regularly moisturize your baby’s skin with bath oils or cream, and avoid extreme temperatures, which can worsen eczema symptoms.
Find effective eczema care for the whole family at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates. Book online or call the office location nearest you for your first appointment.