What’s the real deal with eczema?
It seems like everyone is talking about eczema these days… From ads in magazines and on TV to friends and their kids suddenly dealing with it, what exactly is eczema, and could I have it, too?
Eczema is a very common skin disorder that generally affects children more than adults, but I’m seeing patients of all ages dealing with it. These dry, itchy patches of skin usually present on the arms and legs, but in some cases it can be widespread. Unfortunately, the exact cause of eczema is unknown, but environmental triggers seem to play a role. Foods, soaps, skincare products, detergents and certain fabrics can all make eczema worse, so the best first step is being mindful of your skin—and anything that causes a flare-up.
If you suspect you have eczema, it’s important to schedule an appointment so we can make the proper diagnosis and get you on an effective treatment plan. (If left untreated, eczema can lead to infection, especially when scratching breaks the skin.) To control eczema, it’s important to treat three aspects of the condition.
- Antihistimines are used to minimize itching
- Over-the-counter or prescription-based topicals are necessary to reduce inflammation
- Moisturizing is imperative to reinforce the skin’s barrier. (Karité Crème Corps Hydrating Body Cream is a safe, soothing option.)
This treatment approach combined with avoiding the environmental triggers that cause itching, flaking and redness is key to maintaining calm, comfortable skin.