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It’s estimated that over 30 million Americans have some form of eczema. This chronic skin condition can be extremely difficult to manage day-to-day and can require the help of your dermatologist. Fortunately, Biltmore Dermatology can create the best treatment plan for you using the latest in eczema management and treatments.
What is Eczema?
Eczema (also called atopic dermatitis) is a chronic skin condition. It occurs in flareups where patches of very itchy and irritated skin appear – typically in areas like the scalp, forehead, cheeks, face, backs of the knees, folds of the arms, and wrists. There are several different types of eczema and the symptoms can be different for everyone. It’s strongly associated with other chronic conditions like asthma or seasonal allergies. Eczema is not contagious and you cannot catch this from someone else.
What Are the Symptoms of Eczema?
One of the most prevalent symptoms of eczema is itchiness and irritation on the patches of skin where eczema forms. Symptoms can be different for everyone, but they typically include:
- Cracked skin
- Dark color
- Extreme itchiness
- Oozing or crusting
- Rough, leathery, or scaly patches of skin
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Additionally in some types of eczema, like dyshidrotic eczema, deep-rooted blisters can also develop. These tend to appear on areas like the hands or feet, typically between the fingers or toes.
What Causes Eczema?
It’s unknown exactly what causes eczema to develop in certain patients, but there are known triggers that can cause it to flare up:
- Allergens: Seasonal allergies are sometimes closely linked with eczema, and an allergic reaction can cause eczema to flare up. Some of the most common allergies include pollen, pet dander, mold, dust, and dandruff.
- Dry skin: If the skin becomes dry, it can cause eczema to flare up and produce areas of roughness or scaliness. This can often be the result of living in a dry environment.
- Hot and cold temperatures: Hot temperatures that cause sweating or cold temperatures that cause dry skin can both cause flareups for many eczema patients.
- Irritants and ingredients: Some additives and ingredients in products can cause eczema to flare up, like soaps, disinfectants, and detergents. Some people experience flareups from natural liquids like the juice from certain fruits or vegetables.
- Stress: Many eczema patients notice that their eczema flares up in times of high emotional stress.
Eczema Treatment Options
There is unfortunately no cure for eczema. The best approach to treating eczema is taking care of your skin during flareups to prevent itching which may lead to further complications and infection. Our knowledgeable team can help you explore different prescription medications to help bring flareups under control and alleviate symptoms. You’ll also explore any possible triggers with our team to determine what may be causing your flareups and how best to avoid them. Finally, our team can help you find the right skincare products for your skin that are compatible with eczema and can help soothe symptoms.
If you have an immediate concern, you want to find quality care as soon as possible. Our office takes walk-in appointments and will be happy to address your concerns and offer you immediate treatment suggestions and medical care.LEARN MORE
Living with eczema can bring about extra challenges, but with the right steps, you can prevent flareups and achieve relief. Your first step is finding a knowledgeable dermatology provider who can help you develop a personalized treatment plan and skincare routine to manage flareups and avoid triggers. If it becomes too difficult to keep your eczema under control, it’s always best to consult our team to discuss your options.
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Ryan is State Licensed and Nationally Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (NP-C) by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Additionally, he is board certified as a Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner (DCNP) by the Dermatology Nursing Certification Board. He has 20+ years of Dermatology Experience.Meet The Team
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