October is National Eczema Awareness Month
It’s usually thought of as a childhood disease. Did you know that over 16 million adults in the U.S. have atopic dermatitis, the most common form of eczema?
Eczema is a disease that causes patches of dry, red skin, often accompanied by intense itchiness. Scratching the skin can damage its surface and make the rash worse.
This disease usually begins very early in life, usually before the age of 5 in children; it also can begin during puberty or later. Eczema tends to come and go, often without warning. A provider can evaluate this condition and recommend a treatment plan, including skin care to reduce flare-ups and ease discomfort.
Common triggers of Eczema are:
A dermatologist can create a treatment plan tailored to each patient’s needs. Treatment plans may include skin care recommendations, medical therapies and tips to avoid flare-ups. Your dermatologist may recommend using a mild, fragrance-free cleanser and applying a moisturizer after bathing or throughout the day. Moisturizers can help to decrease dryness and scaling, so the skin feels more comfortable. Other treatments include topical medications, antimicrobials (antibiotics, antiviral medicines, and antifungal medicines), bleach bath therapy, wet wraps and antihistamines.
Schedule an appointment today with your dermatologist if you are having any issues with dry skin.