Eczema usually begins during childhood and is known to be a hereditary condition. It generally appears as a rash on the arms and behind the knees, but can appear anywhere on the body, including the face. Eczema is a term for a group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated. The most common type of eczema is known as atopic dermatitis, or atopic eczema. Atopic refers to a group of diseases with an often inherited tendency to develop other allergic conditions, such as asthma and hay fever.
Eczema affects about 10% to 20% of infants and about 3% of adults and children in the U.S. Most infants who develop the condition outgrow it by their tenth birthday, while some people continue to have symptoms on and off throughout life. With proper treatment, the disease often can be controlled.
Our highly-skilled team of medical professionals, along with our state-of-the-art technology and treatments, can smooth areas of rough skin that may appear as a result of various conditions, such as eczema. We offer a variety of treatment options to heal and soothe your skin. If you are experiencing rough skin the Affiliated Dermatology team will create a customize treatment plan that specifically targets your skin issue(s), using treatments such as topical skin care products, chemical peels and more. The results are healthy looking skin that is smooth, soft and blemish free.
Corticosteroid Creams or Ointments
Corticosteroid creams or ointments are commonly used to relieve people from scaling and extreme itching. Topical corticosteroid creams and ointments are available with or without a prescription, but may cause harmful side effects if not used correctly. Speaking with a skin care professional at Affiliated Dermatology is recommended so that we can suggest the best option for your specific needs.
Antibiotics are often used to treat bacterial infections, open sores, or cracking in the skin caused by frequent scratching. A skin care professional from Affiliated Dermatology can prescribe antibiotics for a length of time based on the condition of your skin issue and your specific needs. Taking the required antibiotics for the recommended time will continue to prevent infections from reoccurring.
Oral antihistamines are ideal for those suffering with severe itching. Certain types of medications make you sleepy, helping not only to eliminate itching itself but also helping anyone whose sleep is affected by the continuous sensation to scratch. Finally get a good night’s sleep and relief from scratching by taking a simple oral antihistamine.
Oral or Injected Corticosteroids
Corticosteroids are used for extreme cases of itching. Oral corticosteroids prescription or simple corticosteroid injections, are performed to reduce inflammation and control the severe itching sensation. Although this treatment is effective for eczema, it is used as a short-term solution due to potential long-term usage side effects.
Patch testing is a great solution to help find the cause of the eczema. Possible irritants are applied as patches and placed on the skin to determine any possible allergic reactions. Testing is performed in the office to determine a specific irritant for patients with contact dermatitis. Patients requiring extensive testing will meet with our onsite allergist.
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