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Eczema2018-08-27T15:20:31+00:00

Eczema

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The most common skin complaint

Eczema is an extremely common skin condition and is primarily displayed as dryness or a repeating skin rash characterized by one or more of these symptoms:

  • redness
  • itching and dryness
  • crusting
  • flaking
  • cracking
  • skin edema (swelling)
  • blistering
  • oozing
  • bleeding

Common Eczemas

Atopic eczema is an allergic skin reaction believed to have a hereditary component and often runs in families. Itchy rash is particularly noticeable on the head and scalp, neck, inside of elbows, behind knees, and buttocks.

Contact dermatitis: allergic (resulting from a delayed reaction to some allergen, such as poison ivy or nickel), and irritant (resulting from direct reaction to a substance, often something you have frequent contact with such as detergents). About 3/4 of cases of contact eczema are of the irritant type, which is the most common occupational skin condition. Contact eczema can be avoided by removing the offending substance from your environment and refraining from use.

Xerotic eczema is dry skin that becomes so serious it turns into eczema. It worsens in dry winter weather, and limbs and trunk are most often affected. The itchy, tender skin resembles a dry, cracked, river bed. This disorder is very common among older people who have thinner skin which allows for dehydration of the skin.

Seborrheic dermatitis  is a condition sometimes classified as a form of eczema that is closely related to dandruff. It causes dry or greasy peeling of the scalp, eyebrows, and face, and sometimes trunk. The condition is harmless but is bothersome from an appearance standpoint.

Treatments for Eczema

Because eczema often causes near continuous itching, if over the counter products and avoidance of suspected allergens are not effective, see your dermatologist. Scratching can result in skin injury and exposure to staph infections.

Avoid known allergens, foods which cause itching and treatments which over dry the skin. Keep your skin well hydrated. Flare ups are less likely to occur when skin is not left to become overly dry from the elements.

Unscented moisturizers, bland skin cleansers such as Cetaphil, Aveeno and non fragranced lotions and soaps help prevent irritation that can reinstate the activity of eczema.

Cortisone creams may help with flare-ups, either over the counter or those prescribed by Dr. Pilest. Once under control, following a regimen of skin care and skin protection can help keep the skin in good health.

If you have questions about eczema or would like to learn more about the treatment options for eczema, please call our office at 949-727-3800 today to schedule a consultation or fill out the form on this page and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you promptly.

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