The most important treatments for eczema are proper hydration and care of the skin. At Radiant Dermatology, we realize there is a lot of confusing and conflicting information out there about eczema and the right skin care. We are here to help and guide you on the proper path to clear skin and a better you.
Skin problems are often the first sign that the body is under stress. This stress can be emotional or physical (such as infections or abnormal thyroid function). Dermatologist Amanda Friedrichs helps you uncover potential triggers and leads you in the right direction to decrease or eliminate stressors and ultimately improve your skin.
What is Eczema?
Eczema is a general term encompassing various inflamed skin conditions. One of the most common forms of eczema is atopic dermatitis (or “atopic eczema”). This chronic, recurring, and very itchy rash affects approximately 10-20 percent of the world population at some point during childhood. Fortunately, many children with eczema find that the disease clears and often disappears with age.
In general, atopic dermatitis will come and go, often based on external factors. Although its cause is unknown, the condition appears to be an abnormal response of the body’s immune system. In people with eczema, the inflammatory response to irritating substances overacts, causing itching and scratching. Eczema is not contagious, and like many diseases, currently cannot be cured. However, for most patients, the condition may be managed well with treatment and avoidance of triggers.
Facts About Eczema
- Eczema is most often characterized by dry, red, and extremely itchy patches on the skin
- Eczema is sometimes referred to as “the itch that rashes,” since the itch, when scratched, results in the appearance of the rash
- Eczema can occur on just about any part of the body
- Baby eczema, or eczema in infants, typically occurs on the forehead, cheeks, forearms, legs, scalp, and neck
- In children and adults, eczema typically occurs on the face, neck, and the insides of the elbows, knees, and ankles
- In some people, eczema may “bubble up” and ooze. In others, the condition may appear more scaly, dry, and red. Chronic scratching causes the skin to take on a leathery texture because the skin thickens
Do you want to better manage your eczema?
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Friedrichs!