Frequently Asked Questions About Eczema Treatment

What Is Eczema?

Eczema is a general term used to describe a group of conditions that make your skin become dry, red, inflamed, itchy and bumpy in Boca Raton. However, this term is most frequently used to refer to a condition known as atopic dermatitis, where the skin barrier function (essentially the “glue” of skin) becomes damaged. Loss of barrier function makes the skin more prone to infection, more sensitive and likely to become dry.

How Common Is Eczema?

Eczema is a common skin condition, particularly in very young children. The National Institutes of Health states that 10 to 20 percent of infants have eczema. However, nearly half outgrow the condition or have significant improvement as they get older. Eczema equally females and males and tends to happen more often in those who have a family or personal history of allergies and asthma.

What Are Common Eczema Symptoms?

The symptoms of eczema include:

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Dry, crusted or scaly skin that might appear thick and leathery from scratching
  • Small, fluid-filled blisters that might ooze when scratched or simply bumps

How Is Eczema Treated?

Eczema treatment is usually dictated by the symptoms (for example, oozing blisters are treated differently than dry skin) and the factors that trigger or even worsen your symptoms. No one treatment is suitable for everyone. The goal of eczema treatment in Boca Raton is to reduce discomfort and itching and to prevent infection and additional flare-ups.

What Kind Of Complications Are Associated With Eczema?

  • Rubbing or scratching areas that are itchy might break the skin, which could allow bacteria to enter and cause infection
  • Scars can form when the skin is damaged from continued scratching
  • Severely itchy eczema can disrupt sleep
  • Some people who suffer with eczema avoid social activities because they are self-conscious and/or uncomfortable
  • Those who suffer with eczema with darker skin, may experience inflammation, and may leave dark marks that linger for months