Eczema Treatment – Dermatology Boca Raton
The term eczema, or atopic dermatitis, describes red itchy skin with dryness and scaling typically beginning in childhood. Infants develop rashes on their lips, whereas toddlers typically have eczema on the creases of the elbows and knees. More severe cases can involve part or all the skin on the arms, torso and legs. Typically eczema is hereditary (although sometimes family members have allergies or asthma rather than eczema), but many factors can affect if eczema is active or not. Virtually anything that can irritate the skin can make eczema worse: heat (because of perspiration on the skin), cold (because of low humidity in the atmosphere and dry skin), odor, and wool (scratchy). Foods are a cause for a minority of children with eczema. The fantastic thing is that most kids grow out of eczema when they’re teens, but about 25 percent go on to have it the rest of their lives, some very acute, and a few with localized hand dermatitis.
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How Do We Treat Eczema?
There are no known cures for eczema, but now available remedies address many factors that may lead to inflammation in the skin. When the eczema is intense, the treatments include topical antiinflammatory prescriptions (topical steroids and other non-steroid lotions such as Protopic or Elidel) and anti-histamines as well as oral cortisone. For prevention, keeping the skin barrier (that isn’t normal in people with eczema) requires careful choices of moisturizing lotions (Trixera Emollient Cream,Vanicream, and Restoraderm are great ), avoidance of triggers (use cotton, use odor free fabric softener and laundry detergent, in addition to shampoo (Free and Clear) and mild soaps (Surgras Lipikar Bar) and use a humidifier in the home. In the end, there are more germs on the skin in people with eczema, and though it appears the reverse of common sense, it’s great to take bleach baths twice a week (one capful of bleach in a full tub of water) for 5-7 minutes. The germs may increase the rash.
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What Causes Eczema?
Eczema includes conditions for example:
- Atopic dermatitis – This is exactly what people are talking about when they say”eczema.”
- Contact dermatitis – Nearly everybody gets this at some time in their lives. It occurs when your skin comes into contact with something that causes a rash.
- Dyshidrotic eczema. – This occurs when your skin does not shield itself how it should. Nummular eczema. People who have this kind get round sores, often after a skin injury such as a burn or insect sting.
- Seborrheic dermatitis – This happens in regions of your body with a great deal of oil glands. When it is on your scalp, it is called dandruff.
- Stasis dermatitis – This kind happens in those who have poor blood circulation, usually in the lower legs.