Eczema represents a series of skin conditions that are caused by different allergic reactions or sometimes from the body's response to an immune system deficiency. The result can cause inflammation of the skin, redness, and itchy patches similar to dermatitis. In many cases, the inflammation itself is dermatitis. This can occur anywhere on your body, including the hands, face, neck, or other places. Atopic dermatitis is the most common type and is generally the result of an allergic reaction. This condition usually starts in childhood. At Fort Lauderdale Dermatology in Fort Lauderdale, FL, skilled dermatologist Dr. Eric Wilkerson will attempt to diagnose precisely what is causing the outbreak so that a personalized treatment plan can be made and carried out to relieve your symptoms.
Doctors aren't entirely sure what causes eczema, but it's believed to be brought about by many things. The environment, immune system issues, genetics, skin irritants, and skin barrier defects are the most common causes. Family history plays a role because particular genes can cause individuals to have really sensitive skin. A patient with relatives who suffer from asthma or allergies is at an increased risk of developing eczema.
Eczema is typically characterized by red, itchy, dry skin, as well as persistent rashes. Typically, your skin will begin to itch before a rash pops up. A number of patients experience patches of skin that are chronically itchy, dry, or thickened. These patches can appear anywhere but mostly occur on the face, neck, hands, or legs. With children, patches can appear on the inner creases of the knees and elbows. Once the skin is scratched, dry patches and open sores with crust could develop and can become infected. Severe symptoms could include pus-filled blisters or a yellowish to light brown crust developing over existing eczema patches, which may be a sign of a bacterial infection.
Eczema can be treated with an array of over-the-counter or prescribed medication and ointments. Hydrocortisone creams and ointments can be bought, as well as antihistamines, such as Benadryl, to help relieve symptoms. Prescription medications, such as steroid creams or immunomodulators, may help if you have severe eczema. A corticosteroid or oral steroid may also be prescribed. In extreme conditions, ultraviolet light therapy or laser treatment may also be applied to the affected areas. When other solutions have failed, immunosuppressants may be prescribed since these drugs suppress the immune system.
Seek Relief Today
Whether you have suffered from eczema for years with little to no relief or have just recently noticed an itchy rash and a difference in your skin, there are many treatment alternatives available. Employing a multi-level treatment plan that includes prevention, detection, and treatment allows you to not only manage your eczema but also notice a significant improvement in symptoms. Seek relief from your eczema-related symptoms today at Fort Lauderdale Dermatology in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Eric Wilkerson will be happy to review your condition and help find a solution.