4 Facts to Know About Eczema

If you have been diagnosed with Eczema or think you have Eczema, you’re not alone. Eczema is very common and over 30 million Americans have some form of eczema. Here are 4 facts to know about Eczema:

WHAT CAUSES ECZEMA?

Eczema is a non-contagious skin disease. Eczema (atopic dermatitis) usually develops very early in life. This skin disease is common in infants and young children, and most people who get eczema will have it before they turn five. It is less common for eczema to appear for the first time as an adult and it tends to come and go, often without warning.

HOW IS ECZEMA DIAGNOSED?

A dermatologist can often diagnose eczema by looking at a child's skin. The dermatologist will look closely for dry, scaly patches and/or rash. The dermatologist may also ask you:

  • When did the dry, scaly patches first appear?
  • Do any blood relatives have eczema, hay fever, or asthma?

HOW IS ECZEMA TREATED?

At The Dermatology Center, our dermatologists will create a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Most treatment plans consist of:

  1. Skin Care
  2. Medical therapies
  3. Tips to avoid flare-ups

It is important to follow the treatment plan prescribed by the dermatologist. Too often, people try to treat eczema on their own by avoiding what they believe is causing the eczema. The truth is no one thing can control eczema. Successfully managing this condition requires following a treatment plan.

WHAT TREATMENTS ARE USED TO CONTROL ECZEMA?

Many treatments can help control eczema. Treatments that a dermatologist many recommend includes:

  1. Calcineurin Inhibitor – This prescription medicine is applied to the skin to reduce inflammation and other symptoms.
  2. Eucrisa – FDA-approved Phosphodiesterase (PDE4-I) Inhibitor ointment to treat mild to moderate Eczema in patients two years of age or older to decrease inflammation
  3. Corticosteroid (cortisone, steroid) Creams – This cream is used to decrease inflammation and control itching.
  4. Antibiotic – If your child develops an infection, an antibiotic either taken by mouth or applied to the skin, can kill the bacteria causing the infection.
  5. Phototherapy – If stronger treatment is needed. this light therapy may be added to the treatment plan
  6. Systemic Immunomodulatory Agents – When a client has not responded to other treatments, our dermatologists may consider and explain the risks and benefits of other medicines that are stronger.

 

WHY SEE A DERMATOLOGIST?

Dermatologists specialize in treating skin conditions. Let them help you make the informed decision to control your Eczema. To learn more about Eczema, contact The Dermatology Center today to speak with one of our dermatologists.