There isn’t a cure for eczema. It’s a tough reality to digest, but being diagnosed with eczema doesn’t have to be the end of your social world. You aren’t alone in your battle with eczema – more than 30 million Americans may have the skin condition and some don’t even know it. There are ways to manage and control your eczema so that you may have a comfortable life. The Center for Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology can help you with this.
What is Eczema?
Eczema is a chronic skin disorder than can make your skin very itchy and create rashes or scaly patches. Eczema is also known as “atopic dermatitis.” Eczema usually shows up on the elbows or behind the knees, but can also spread all over the body in extreme cases. Typically, eczema is found on people while they are young, and as they get older it becomes less severe. However, eczema can carry on into your adult years, and in rare cases it can start during adulthood.
Symptoms of eczema vary from person to person. As stated earlier, eczema can cover any part of your body at any time. Rashes form on your body and can cause pain and itching ranging from mild to severe. With eczema comes dry and rough skin that often leads to inflammation, which can cause you to scratch until you bleed. Then that causes the rash to get worse, and so on and so on. This is often referred to as the itch-scratch cycle.
The exact trigger of eczema is unknown. Though, through constant research we’ve been able to find some of the common triggers for eczema flare-ups. Some of those common triggers are irritants such as soaps and detergents, allergens such as pets and dandruff, and even some types of food such as eggs and wheat. Knowing which factors affect your eczema is beneficial to your treatment, because we can create a plan specifically for you.
At The Center for Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology, we know how eczema can affect not only your skin, but also your way of life. Our team can help reduce the effects of eczema and give you back the confidence you may have lost. If you have eczema, contact one of our branches today to learn more about our treatments and how we can help you gain back control over your eczema.