• How do I get rid of eczema?

    on Feb 21st, 2017

Eczema is a common concern brought to my attention by patients, more often in the winter than the other seasons.  In fact, approximately 31 million Americans suffer from eczema.

Many of you have become familiar with eczema following HBO's hit show "The Night Of"--PopSugar Beauty recently asked me questions regarding eczema   

Eczema is a broad term used to characterize conditions causing inflamed or irritated skin.  Eczema is believed to be caused by genetic, hormonal, and environmental factors. Environmental factors include irritants, allergens, microbes, temperature change, and stress (See below for a list). 

Atopic dermatitis, or atopic eczema, is the most common form of eczema.   Symptoms are characterized by dry, itchy, scaly patches on the skin.  Rashes can also lead to skin infections. Often those suffering from eczema experience periods of time with no symptoms, and at other times have a more severe flare up. 

Other types of eczema are allergic contact eczema; contact eczema, dyshidrotic eczema; neurodermatitis; nummular eczema; seborrheic eczema; and statis dermatitis. 

Diagnosis of eczema is based on a patient’s family and medical history.  There are a few tests that I can perform as well, which include patch testing, skin prick testing, and food challenges.  I advise you to visit a board-certified dermatologist to properly diagnose your rash. 

 Unfortunately, there is no cure for eczema.  However, the condition can be maintained to prevent flare-ups and heal affected skin areas.  The proper treatment plan, again, will be suggested by a dermatologist based on the severity of symptoms, age, medical history. 

Eczema treatment can include topical corticosteroid creams and ointments, antibiotics, antihistamines, Topical calcineurin inhibitors, moisturizers, lotions, glycolic acid, and phototherapy.  Avoid scented soaps, moisturizer or performs—they can cause irritation. 

Let me know if you have any question--Please email me  

For more information regarding our services and eczema, click here!

 

-Dr. Craig Austin, M.D. 

Board Certified Dermatologist & Dermatopathologist 

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