Eczema is a medical condition where the skin becomes rough and inflamed, commonly with no obvious external cause. Fluid-filled blisters will form, which cause the area to itch and bleed. In babies, eczema normally appears on the face, although it can also appear elsewhere on the body. It often disappears within a few months. Adult eczema commonly appears on the neck, behind the knees, or on the inner elbows.
Eczema usually itches, although the itch is normally mild to moderate. In some cases the itch can be severe. In these severe cases the sufferer may scratch until the blister opens up. This makes the eczema worse.
Because of its similarity to other conditions, such as poison ivy and shingles, your doctor will be best able to determine that you have eczema. If your rash doesn’t heal or abate within a week, it’s a good idea to see a dermatologist.
What Causes Eczema?
Eczema is a very common condition. It affects 10-20% of infants and about 3% of adults. Even so, doctors have yet to determine a definitive cause of eczema. Most believe it to be a combination of several factors.
It is generally agreed that genetics play a role in whether a person will develop eczema — children whose parents had eczema are two to three times more likely to develop the condition. There are, however environmental factors that can trigger or aggravate eczema.
- Bacteria, viruses, certain fungi
- Temperature, humidity
- Hormones (especially in women)
What Treatments Are Available for Eczema?
In some cases, your eczema may be mild enough that simply taking good care of your skin will be enough to clear it up. A mild soap in the shower that won’t dry your skin out and a good moisturizing lotion may be enough. Other easy home treatments include using a humidifier and applying coconut oil.
For more severe cases, you might try over-the-counter remedies, such as hydrocortisone creams or anti-histamines.
If none of these work, your doctor may prescribe corticosteroids or a drug that works on your immune system, such as methotrexate or cyclosporine.
Contact TrueSkin Dermatology in Sandy, Utah
For eczema treatment, contact the offices of TrueSkin Dermatology in Sandy to set an appointment today. If you live in Draper, Riverton, Bluffdale, South Jordan, or any of the other surrounds areas give us a call!