Eczema

Treatment

Eczema is a term used for a subtype of dermatitis called atopic dermatitis. This is a common skin condition that affects people of all ages. It can develop during childhood and change in severity and appearance throughout the patient’s life. It is characterized by inflamed, itchy, and dry or weepy, oozy, crusty skin. While eczema is not contagious, it can be chronic and cause discomfort.

The symptoms of eczema can vary from person to person, but commonly include dry and sensitive skin, itching, inflammation/redness, cracked or scaly skin, as well as weeping or oozing skin.

The exact cause of eczema is still unknown, but several factors may contribute to its development, including genetic predisposition, immune system dysfunction, environmental triggers, and skin barrier dysfunction.

If you suspect you have eczema, it is crucial to consult a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis. They will examine your skin, review your medical history, and may perform additional tests if needed. These tests can help rule out other skin conditions and allergies, allowing for an accurate diagnosis.

Treatment for eczema should help relieve symptoms, reduce inflammation, and hopefully minimize or prevent flare-ups. It typically involves a combination of treatments. Prescription topical medications include corticosteroids, calcineurin inhibitors, antibiotics, and Jak inhibitors. Oral medications may include antibiotics, steroids, and Jak inhibitors. There are a few injectable medications that have been approved to treat atopic dermatitis and can be helpful for moderate to severe cases.

Home remedies and lifestyle changes can also help treat eczema. Regularly using fragrance-free moisturizer can help minimize flares. Maintaining a consistent skincare routine including fragrance-free, hypoallergenic soaps and detergents, avoiding hot and prolonged baths and showers, wearing soft breathable fabrics (cotton or natural fibers), and minimizing scratching are all important for overall skin health. Avoiding known triggers such as irritants and allergens is also helpful.

If you have chronic eczema, ongoing management is essential to control flare-ups and maintain skin health. This may involve regular follow-up appointments with your dermatologist, adherence to prescribed medications, and adjustments to your skincare routine based on your individual needs.

While eczema cannot always be prevented, there are some measures that may help reduce the risk or severity of flare-ups. Moisturizing daily, avoiding triggers, managing stress, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can minimize the risk and frequency of flares.

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