All About Eczema
About 15 million people in America suffer from a type of eczema, and even more startling is that 10-20% of all infants suffer from the red, itchy patches. This common skin condition is something that our doctors at Wasserman Ulitsky Dermatology face regularly. As experts in dermatology, Drs. Wasserman and Ulitsky are both fully equipped and ready to address your skin conditions if they worsen, so be sure to contact us in any emergency!
What Is Eczema & Its Symptoms?
Eczema is a common type of skin condition where skin on any part of the body is itchy, red, and dry. The condition shows up more commonly around the face, neck, elbows, wrists, groin, knees, and ankles. It is most common in infants, and most people outgrow it by adulthood, but some adults can also develop it even when not having had it as a child. About 1 in 10 people are affected by it during their lifespan.
There is an “itch-scratch cycle” associated with this skin condition, and it can range from mild to moderate itchiness to a severe itch that can cause bleeding and worsen the conditions. If you find yourself with dry, sensitive, and red skin that tends to be itchy, or even see oozing, crusting, or swelling, consult with your dermatologist to confirm your condition and seek treatment options.
What Causes Eczema?
This skin condition is actually caused by certain genes that run in the family. Some genes make skin extra-sensitive, and some types of skin are defective, pushing moisture out and bacteria in. Apart from being hereditary, eczema can be triggered from stress, irritating fabrics, heat, sweat, and simply dry skin in the wintertime. It is extremely important to moisturize in the winter months to keep your skin from drying out.
How Can I Treat Eczema?
Unfortunately, eczema is not a curable skin condition, but it is very possible to prevent any flares.
For more extreme cases, Drs. Wasserman and Ulitsky may prescribe a medicinal ointment, cream, or advise you to take an over-the-counter medicine. There are severe instances where ultraviolet light therapy may be necessary, but many prescription-strength moisturizes can do the trick.
Some home remedies that you can apply to your daily life are:
- Wear soft cotton clothes rather than wool which can be scratchy and uncomfortable
- Avoid soaps, detergents, and strong scented lotions that irritate your skin
- Take shorter, warm showers rather than hot ones as to not dry out your skin
- Moisturize with a fragrance-free lotion
- Sleep with a humidifier to keep your skin moist
- Manage your stress by relaxing, exercising, meditating, or any other hobby you enjoy
Although it’s not curable, it is very much possible to treat eczema gently and carefully, to prevent any flare-ups. Keep up with these few tips and you’ll feel better in no time!
Contact Wasserman Ulitsky Dermatology In Venice, FL For All Your Skincare Concerns!
If eczema is starting to get in the way from any of your daily activities, contact us so that we can look further into your skin condition. Dr. Wasserman and Dr. Ulitsky are trained professionals who help their patients achieve healthier and more beautiful skin to improve their entire lives. Give us a call at (941) 484-8222 to schedule an appointment. We hope to see you very soon!