A type of skin condition, eczema affects 30% of Americans according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Your favorite West Hollywood dermatologists at The Kopelson Clinic offer their services as eczema skin specialists, and believe in educating patients about this and similar skin conditions.
Let’s learn more about eczema:
Eczema creates dry, itchy, red skin. The rash most commonly appears on the face, wrist, hands, feet, or back of the knees, though it can affect other areas as well. Affected skin is scaly and thick in addition to appearing extremely dry. Eczema initially looks red on light-skinned individuals, and eventually turns a brownish color. In darker-skinned people, eczema can affect pigment, meaning skin looks either lighter or darker. The rash itself is flat compared to mosquito bites, and looks more like hives.
Infants affected with eczema often have oozing, crusty skin on their faces and scalps.
Unfortunately the precise cause of eczema remains a mystery, however it is thought due to the immune system’s exaggerated response to an irritant. Skin barrier defects may also cause eczema, and the condition is more prevalent in families with a history of allergies and asthma. Allergens that may contribute to eczema include foods such as peanuts, eggs, milk, and tree nuts, as well as dust mites.
Additionally, stress is believed to worsen the symptoms of eczema.
Special lotions and creams are used to combat the drying effects of eczema, which left untreated can cause infection. Products are most effective when applied to damp skin, such as after showering, as this helps skin retain moisture. Over-the-counter products such as hydrocortisone creams and ointments are used to reduce inflammation, while antibiotics are sometimes prescribed to deal with infection. Antihistamines may be used as well.
Bathing in lukewarm water is also recommended for those suffering from eczema.
Talk to the skin specialists at The Kopelson Clinic to determine if eczema is indeed the skin condition you’re dealing with, and how to best treat it. Your dermatologist will come up with the most comprehensive plan for your skincare needs.