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What is Eczema?

Eczema is another name for atopic dermatitis or an inflammatory skin condition that can flare up periodically.

Over 31 million Americans have a form of eczema, according to the National Eczema Society. It can begin at any life stage and range in severity – but it’s not contagious and you can’t catch it from contact with someone who has it.

It can have certain triggers that might include:

  • Dry air
  • Soaps, cleansers, or laundry detergents
  • Certain fabrics
  • Diet
  • Fragrances
  • Metals
  • Disinfectants and additives
  • Thickening agents
  • Dyes
  • Stress

What Are the Symptoms of Eczema?

It’s easy to mistake eczema with psoriasis, so it’s important to get a diagnosis from a board-certified dermatologist.

Eczema flare-ups can cause certain symptoms like:

  • Itchiness
  • Dryness
  • Sensitivity
  • Inflammation and redness
  • Scaly, rough patches
  • Oozing or crusting
  • Allergy-like symptoms

What Are My Treatment Options?

Eczema is a chronic condition and has no cure, but can be managed with the help of a board-certified dermatologist.

To achieve relief from eczema flare-ups, you may need a combination of different treatment methods to lessen symptoms and increase the time between flare-ups. Your dermatologist will also work with you on determining your triggers and how to avoid them.

Treatment options might include:

  • Medical-grade moisturizers
  • Prescription medications (topical)
  • Phototherapy
  • Immunosuppressants
  • Biologics
  • Over-the-counter or at-home methods

How Do I Take Care of My Skin With Eczema?

Avoiding your triggers is one of the best ways to live with eczema. This means avoiding certain products, materials, and environments to prevent flare-ups. Some people also experience flare-ups with emotional stress, so it can be helpful to work with a mental health professional to find ways to manage your stress levels. Finally, if you do experience a flare-up, make sure to consult your dermatologist and find ways to prevent itching (which can become severe and cause an itch-scratch cycle, worsening symptoms). Since there is no cure for eczema, it’s important to find support and approach your eczema with a long-term outlook.

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Living with eczema can feel overwhelming, but a board-certified dermatologist can help. To meet with our team, contact Hamblin Dermatology by calling or filling out our online contact form.

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