The most common form of eczema, an inflammation of the skin, is atopic dermatitis. Atopic eczema can affect all ages, although it is most common in infants. Most individuals with eczema have a family history of the condition or allergy issues.
What causes eczema? It is unclear exactly what causes eczema, although dermatologists believe it may have something to do with defects in the skin and/or abnormal immune functions. It can be triggered by foreign substances, stress, and change in weather. There are other forms of eczema besides the atopic form, however, the treatments are similar.
While the symptoms of red, itchy skin can be extremely irritating, the good news is that it can be controlled by your dermatologist. Treatment may involve a lifestyle change as well as medication. The goal is to relieve individuals of the skin irritations from eczema and prevent future flare-ups, as well. Keeping skin hydrated with creams and ointments is often crucial in controlling eczema. Cortisones and antihistamines are often prescribed by a doctor after diagnosing an individual with eczema. If you have irritated, itchy, or red skin, Dr. Sharon Meyer can evaluate you and determine how to treat your eczema condition. Call Uptown Dermatology to schedule an appointment today. We look forward to hearing from you!