Eczema is a condition that leaves your skin red and itchy, and it can even cause pain and sleep loss in severe cases.
If eczema is making your life miserable, it’s time to take action and contact Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center in Windermere, Florida, to schedule an appointment.
What Is Eczema?
Also called atopic dermatitis, eczema leaves sufferers with red and itchy skin. It is often found in young children, but can strike people of any age. Eczema can be a chronic condition, with flare-ups coming and going, often with no apparent cause.
While eczema can’t be cured, treatments are available at Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center from Dr. Jeannette Hudgens and her team.
How Do I Know If I Have Eczema?
A dermatologist can diagnose your condition, but there are symptoms you can look for that include:
- Having itchy skin, especially at night when symptoms can worsen.
- Patches of red skin on your feet, hands and ankles. These patches also can emerge on your wrists, neck, upper chest, and eyelids.
- Skin that is dry and thick, which leads to cracked skin.
Our medical team at Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center is ready to help reduce your eczema symptoms and improve your quality of life.
It’s likely time to schedule an appointment if:
- Eczema causes sleep disruption and has a negative impact on daily tasks.
- Your skin is causing you pain.
- Your skin is infected. Signs of infection can include scabbing or pus.
- Your vision has been negatively impacted by eczema near your eyes or eyelids.
Treatments available include medicinal creams that will reduce itching and inflammation. Typically, corticosteroid creams or ointments can be used to combat eczema.
Other topical medications can repair damaged skin. These are typically applied to your skin to reduce itching and eczema flare-ups.
At Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center, we will meet with you one-on-one to review your medical history, talk about possible drug side effects and design an eczema treatment plan customized for your skin.
In some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed for skin infections and sores. Each can occur from too much scratching. Oral antihistamines are another treatment option. In addition, there are a number of therapies that can combat eczema and reduce symptoms.
Wet dressings can be used for patients with severe cases. Eczema trouble spots can be wrapped with moist bandages that contain medication to treat your condition. This technique can reduce symptoms within a few hours in many cases.
Because eczema often strikes very young children, parents should be on the lookout for symptoms. At Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center, we can treat patients young and old.
Stress can often prompt eczema flare-ups, and our team will be happy to discuss stress-reduction techniques with you during your visit.
If eczema is making your life difficult and leaving you feeling self-conscious about your appearance, it’s time to seek help from a dermatologist.
If you are in the Orlando area, contact Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center today to learn how we can help you reduce eczema symptoms.