Dry, red, itching, patchy, and scaly skin. These are just a couple of symptoms of Atopic dermatitis (eczema). Skin conditions can be confusing because of the vast amount of things that can affect skin health. Let’s take a closer look at what eczema is, so you can understand what eczema treatment is right for you.
What Causes It?
Eczema is a skin condition that is chronic and has no cure. Eczema is caused by the skin’s natural barrier being compromised in some form. This can be caused by a genetic variation that has a negative effect on the skin’s natural barrier. A weakened skin barrier can also be caused by certain bacteria. A weakened skin barrier causes the skin to become hypersensitive to bacteria, allergens, the environment, and pollutants. It also makes it difficult to retain moisture. This is why eczema is often seen as very dry skin.
Symptoms of Eczema
Eczema symptoms vary heavily on the cause, irritants, and moisture level of the skin. Some common symptoms include thickened skin, dry skin, itchiness, cracked skin, raw or sensitive skin, crusting, oozing, raised bumps, rashes, and swelling.
Treatment of eczema is dependent on what symptoms are present. There is no cure for eczema, and treatment is based on mitigating symptoms. The most common treatment is simply avoiding eczema triggers and taking preventative measures. Some things done to prevent flare-ups include using a gentle cleanser that is non-soap, taking daily showers in warm water instead of hot water, patting skin dry instead of rubbing to avoid irritation, and moisturizing twice a day to ensure skin hydration.
Eczema is a complicated condition that is very unique to each individual. Treating eczema takes a balanced approach to skincare, moisturizing, preventative measures, and the upkeep of the skin barrier. Dr. Fiona Wright understands that eczema treatment is result driven. Eczema cannot be cured, but every treatment should bring more normalcy to a patient’s life. Dr. Wright has been practicing since 1996 and wants to bring that level of expertise to all of your skincare needs. If you’re struggling with eczema then contact Dr. Wright’s office at 972-608-0808 today.