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How Dermatologists Effectively Treat Eczema

Published on May 26, 2015

Eczema, commonly referred to as Atopic Dermatitis, is a recurring skin rash primarily seen in babies and children. Many children outgrow eczema once they get a little older. However, there are teens and adults who suffer from this condition as well.

Eczema is characterized by dry, itchy, swollen skin that often becomes red and scaly in appearance. The biggest complaint of eczema is the itching, which can be intense and severe. It can be difficult to control the urge to scratch. Scratching may bring relief temporarily, but it actually makes the condition worse. Some sufferers even experience infection which results from scratching and tearing open the skin, making it susceptible to germs and bacteria.

Living with Eczema in NYC

Regardless of age, eczema can have a significantly negative impact on one’s quality of life. Many of our skin care patients report disrupted sleep due to the intense itching. Eczema often gets worse with weather changes, preventing children from getting to enjoy the outdoors during a flareup. Other irritants that can worsen eczema symptoms include harsh soaps, detergents, fragrances, and change in humidity

Research has shown that many eczema patients also suffer from other conditions such as food allergies, asthma, and ADHD. Some have even linked eczema to specific food allergies.

Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis by a dermatologist

When you visit Westchester Center for Dermatology, your skin will be examined to determine whether you are in fact suffering from eczema. Since rashes can be caused by a number of reasons, receiving the proper diagnosis is crucial for effective treatment.

Once eczema is diagnosed, you may be asked a number of questions regarding your symptoms, such as how long you have been suffering and if there are certain seasons that it gets better or worse. Some common treatment options include eliminating common irritants by changing to fragrance-free detergents and soaps, applying thick lubricant immediately after bathing to lock in moisture, and using antihistamines to control itch.

Depending on the severity, you may also be prescribed an anti-inflammatory cream. Rarely, oral anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to help manage the condition and antibiotics may be needed if an infection is present. None of these options will cure eczema overnight, but we are confident that we can help every patient regain their quality of life.

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