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Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

Eczema is a red rash or red patches of the skin that is commonly found inside the folds of elbows, knees, hands, feet and cheeks. It develops due to a defective skin barrier and can be very uncomfortable.

What is it?

Eczema impacts both children and adults and is often hereditary and associated with allergies. It causes dry, scaly skin and blisters or tiny bumps, and in severe cases, eczema may form painful cracks that can bleed. Although many people use “eczema” to refer to their atopic dermatitis, “eczema” refers to a larger group of skin conditions. Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema and can impact nearly any area of the skin.


Cases are common in babies and young children, with rashes forming on their cheeks and chin, but it can also affect people of any age and anywhere on the body. Eczema patients experience “flare-ups” where the rash is inflamed, itchy, uncomfortable and painful, as well as periods of remission that may last weeks, months and even years. Eczema is not contagious, but what it is - is no fun. Our team of board-certified dermatologists at Associated Dermatology can help.


How is it treated?

While there isn’t a specific eczema cure, sometimes ointments, such as petroleum jelly and moisturizers, can help soothe symptoms of this condition. Many patients find that their symptoms persist without further medical treatment. Our team can properly diagnosis which of the 7 types of of eczema you may have and design a customized skin care plan, such as:


• Personalized skin care routine


• Wet wrap therapy


• Trigger management to reduce flare ups


• Prescription medication applied to the skin


• Light therapy


• Systemic (thoughout the body) medication


Dermatologists and scientists have recently developed new treatments to minimize (and sometimes eliminate) symptoms. Patients who have not responded to prior treatments may find that newer medications provide relief. Start your journey to relief now by scheduling an appointment at an Associated Dermatologists office in Berkley, Farmington Hills, West Bloomfield, Commerce, or Novi, Michigan.


THE TREATMENTS BELOW CAN HELP WITH ECZEMA (ATOPIC DERMATITIS):

The exact causes of eczema are not fully understood, but it is believed to involve a combination of genetic, environmental, and immune system factors. Individuals with a family history of eczema or other allergic conditions may be more predisposed. Environmental triggers, such as irritants, allergens, and stress, can also contribute to the development or exacerbation of eczema. If you're experiencing symptoms of eczema, schedule an appointment with one of our medical professionals for a comprehensive evaluation and a personalized plan to address your condition.

While there is no foolproof way to prevent eczema, certain measures can be taken to reduce the risk of flare-ups or manage symptoms. These include maintaining good skin care practices, avoiding triggers such as irritants and allergens, staying well-hydrated, and using suitable moisturizers. For personalized guidance and effective strategies, consider consulting the expertise of the board-certified skin care specialists at Associated Dermatologists. Their knowledge and experience can be instrumental in managing and preventing eczema effectively.

Although there is no cure for eczema, effective treatments are available. Mild cases may respond well to corticosteroids, but for more severe eczema, it is crucial to collaborate with a board-certified dermatologist. Our team of board-certified providers at Associated Dermatologists have extensive experience in managing eczema and are well-equipped to navigate you through this persistent condition.

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