Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a dermatological condition resulting in red, irritated and itchy skin. This condition is chronic and presents itself with periodic flare-ups. Eczema has no permanent cure though the relief of symptoms and the prevention of outbreaks can be improved with medical treatment.
Eczema signs and symptoms are unique to each individual and may include the following:
- Patches that are red to brownish-gray in color.
- Visible bumps that are small and raised, possibly expelling fluid and crusting over after having been scratched.
- Skin that is swollen and sensitive from scratching.
- Skin that is dry, cracked, thick and/or scaly.
A medical dermatologist should be consulted if eczema symptoms:
- are interfering with sleep or everyday life routines
- causes the skin to be painful or appear to be irritated
- or if the condition seems to be affecting vision
Dermatological treatments for eczema
A dermatologist can offer an array of treatments to those suffering from eczema. A dermatologist can prescribe steroidal creams or ointments to help control inflammation and itching.
- Antibiotics may be necessary due to cracked skin, open sores or bacterial skin infections. Antibiotics can be taken for short periods for the treatment of infection or for longer periods to decrease skin surface bacteria and the prevention of additional infections.
- Photodynamic Therapy is a basic light therapy that works by exposing affected skin regions to natural sunlight in controlled amounts.
There is relief from eczema. Ask your dermatologist how.
Those suffering from eczema often find the condition stressful, embarrassing, and frustrating. The exact cause of eczema remains unknown but early diagnosis is key to eventually aid in alleviating symptoms. Eczema can be a persistent condition and a variety of treatment methods may be utilized to control it. Those with eczema symptoms should immediately consult a dermatologist to discuss and decide on a treatment plan.