More than 30 million Americans have some type of eczema, a common skin disorder. If you’re one of them, Dr. Anna Vawter of Thrive Family Dermatology in Allen, Texas, is an expert at helping adults and children find relief from itchy eczema symptoms. Call or request an appointment online.
Eczema is red, inflamed, itchy skin. Although this word is often used to mean atopic dermatitis, there are other types of eczema. All types of eczema cause itching and redness, and it’s possible to have more than one type at the same time. Some forms of eczema can cause your skin to blister and peel.
Two of the most common forms of eczema is atopic dermatitis and contact dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is chronic and usually begins during childhood. Like psoriasis and a variety of other skin conditions, atopic dermatitis goes through flare-ups and periods of improvement.
Atopic dermatitis symptoms are typically:
Contact dermatitis occurs when your skin comes in contact with a substance that irritates your skin or causes an allergic reaction. It’s usually where your body comes in contact with the allergen. Most people get contact dermatitis from things like:
Several other health complications are often associated with eczema, including asthma, hayfever, skin infections, and poor sleep as a result of excessive scratching.
Dr. Vawter evaluates your eczema symptoms to determine which type you have and identify any other associated health problems. She prescribes appropriate treatment options and may recommend specific changes to your skincare regimen so that you can get long-lasting relief.
Medications may also include:
You may be able to prevent eczema flare-ups or minimize dry skin by:
If you or your loved ones have been living with the irritating symptoms of eczema, make an appointment with Dr. Vawter before the condition gets worse. You may need prescription-strength medications to alleviate certain symptoms and reduce the chance of flare-ups.