Eczema can come and go, but when it flares up, the itching is severe, and the rash can be painful, often because of inflammation. If you or your child struggle with eczema, it’s time to turn to the team at Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates in Tampa and Brandon, Florida. We offer comprehensive care that heals your skin and slows or prevents flare-ups. Call the nearest Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates office today or book an appointment online to learn about eczema treatment.
Eczema can be confusing because it refers to a specific condition: atopic dermatitis. However, it’s also an umbrella term for several skin conditions, including contact dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis (cradle cap).
But we’re focusing here on atopic dermatitis, a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that often begins in childhood. Babies can develop eczema in the first few months of their life, and 80% of all cases appear before age six. However, eczema isn’t limited to children.
Eczema can also first appear in adults. And the condition doesn’t always clear up in children, so they continue struggling with skin problems into adulthood.
Though eczema’s causes are still being studied, medical professionals believe the condition begins when genetic changes weaken the skin barrier. As a result, your skin is vulnerable to inflammation and rashes caused by irritants.
Eczema causes intense itching and other skin symptoms like:
One of the biggest challenges is avoiding scratching. Scratching causes more skin damage and inflammation, creating a possible ongoing cycle in which eczema doesn’t have time to get better.
Eczema cycles between flare-ups and remission. Everyone has their own triggers, but a few examples include:
Dry skin also triggers eczema flare-ups, posing a constant challenge because a damaged skin barrier leads to dehydration.
If your provider suspects allergies trigger your eczema, they do allergy testing and recommend treatments, possibly including allergy shots. If allergies aren’t involved, eczema treatment typically includes:
Daily skin care is essential to keep the skin barrier healthy and strong. You should use gentle, irritant-free products, take short showers in warm water and frequently apply a protective moisturizer.
Your provider could prescribe topical or oral medications to relieve the itching and reduce inflammation. Severe eczema that doesn’t improve with standard treatments might respond to biologic therapy. Biologics are injectable medications that ease inflammation by calming your immune system.
Call Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates today or request an appointment online to get immediate eczema care.