WHAT IS ECZEMA/ATOPIC DERMATITIS?
Eczema is a general term describing a skin condition characterized by irritated and inflamed skin and is linked to an overactive immune response. There are specific forms of Eczema; Atopic Dermatitis is one example and refers to a severe and chronic form of Eczema. (The term “eczema” is often used interchangeably with “atopic dermatitis”).
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Symptoms may be different for everyone but include red, dry, itchy skin that may blister, crack or weep and can progress to thick, scaly plaques. Eczema is most often seen in babies and young children but can affect adults. Low humidity, cold weather, seasonal allergies and exposure to soaps and detergents can trigger this condition.
HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED?
The age of the person, the location of the inflamed skin, as well as when and how often it occurs, can help with the diagnosis. Your Gateway Asthma & Allergy Relief doctor will take a comprehensive medical history and do a physical examination. A history of allergies may indicate the reoccurring inflammation is Eczema. Extreme itching is also an indicator.
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT OPTIONS?
For mild cases, treatment may be as simple as avoidance of the trigger, along with daily bathing and moisturizing. More severe symptoms may require prescription-strength topical medications, phototherapy (light treatments) and immunosuppressant and biologic drugs. Your Gateway Asthma & Allergy Relief doctor will determine what treatment method is right for you.