Do you have red, itchy skin that drives you crazy? Do you feel an intense urge to touch or soothe your dry skin, but nothing calms it? You may have eczema. Come into DSC in Medina, OH before it becomes too much to bear.
What Is Eczema?
Atopic dermatitis is a skin condition that makes skin hypersensitive, itchy, and red. You may have suffered from it as a child. It tends to occur in people who have hay fever or asthma as a personal condition or in their family. However, it can happen to anyone at any age.
Causes of Eczema
Many factors may lead to eczema. You may have a gene variation that makes it hard for your skin to guard you against environmental irritants, pollutants, and allergens. Using harsh soaps, detergents, or disinfectants may trigger your eczema. Things that trigger allergies can trigger it as well, such as dust, pollen, mold, or dandruff.
If you are having trouble sleeping because your skin itches uncontrollably, you may have eczema. Other symptoms accompanying the skin ailment include, but are not limited to, dry skin; small bumps; raw, swollen skin; and red patches. In addition, you may suffer from scratch-related complications such as skin infections.
We recommend a few at-home practices to treat eczema. Look at your diet and see if certain foods are triggering, such as eggs, milk, soy, and wheat. Moreover, you may want to moisturize regularly with non-irritable, fragrance-free products. Abstain from very hot baths and showers, as they may dry and further irritate your skin. You may even look into diluted, household bleach baths to decrease the ability of bacteria to proliferate on your skin.
Is your eczema responding poorly to home remedies? We can prescribe calcineurin inhibitors, such as Protopic and Elidel, to target the immune system. You may require topical or oral antibiotics. A more expensive, newer option is Dupixent, an injectable monoclonal antibody targeting severe cases of skin conditions. These may work to soften and reduce the area of the affected skin.*
You may also benefit from wet dressings or laser treatments like phototherapy.* Contact us at DSC in order to schedule an appointment so we can further discuss what treatment works for you.
Eczema vs. Psoriasis
Eczema refers to skin swelling, dry, itchy skin, and rashes. Scratching it irritates the skin in a positive feedback loop that leads to more irritation and then more scratching. It is way more common than psoriasis, which entails thicker scales and a deeper burning sensation. Both skin conditions have genetic links, occasional flare-ups, and a non-contagious nature. The difference between eczema and psoriasis is that the former is more often described as a hypersensitivity that only affects children (which is false–eczema affects adults as well). Despite the misinformation and conflating of the two due to similarity in side effects, they are distinct, especially in appearance. Psoriasis may appear more silver or white in some areas. Nonetheless, they are both autoimmune conditions affecting the skin.
Suffering From Itchy Skin?
If you are tired of dealing with eczema, then DSC can help you. Schedule an appointment, we can help you calm flare-ups.
*Disclaimer: Individual results may vary.