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 genetics affecting the skin barrier. This condition usually starts in childhood. At Fort Lauderdale Dermatology in Fort Lauderdale, FL, skilled dermatologist Dr. Eric Wilkerson will evaluate and diagnose the dermatitis and determine if there are any external causes or factors so that a personalized treatment plan can be made and carried out to relieve your symptoms.
"I’ve seen Dr. Wilkerson three times now and have never felt like it’s been a rushed visit like other dermatologists I’ve been to. He’s been able to drastically improve skin issues that I’ve dealt with for years. Very clean and professional practice."- M.H. / Google / Nov 13, 2019
"Dr Wilkerson was referred to me by my primary care physician and I am very thankful he was. After being in a trauma accident sustaining multiple wounds, I encountered a rash and irritation around them. I could not afford to get any infection while healing all my injuries. Dr Wilkerson and his assistant Jackie were friendly and gentle. They asked many questions and thoroughly examined the injury site. The doctor’s level of care was exceptional and he took his time to answer all my questions patiently. His treatment plan ‘cured’ my issue and I look forward to my follow up appointment. Jackie was courteous and gracious enough to call me a week after my appointment to follow up and see how I was feeling and how my recovery was progressing."- S.D. / Google / Oct 12, 2019
"I absolutely recommend this place! The Dr. and staff are always friendly and knowledgeable. My favorite part is that they do virtual appointments!"- T.C. / Google / Feb 12, 2021
"Best experience at a doctors office! The office is clean beautiful and inviting with relaxing music. No waiting, was taken in right away. Dr. Wilkerson was kind, professional, extremely knowledgeable and answered all my questions. Jackie was so sweet and helpful. They even offer you water. Lovely office!"- E.A. / Google / Feb 11, 2021
"As a physician myself, I can tell you that Dr. Wilkinson is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and extraordinarily pleasant. I highly recommend him. I will be referring many patients to him."- M.M. / Google / Jan 24, 2021
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.