Eczema is a medical skin condition that causes areas of red, itchy, and inflamed skin. Eczema usually starts in early childhood and is commonly treated by a medical dermatologist. With more than 3 million US cases per year, this skin condition can effectively be treated with certain creams or ointments. If you’re dealing with this condition, or if your child is, you may be wondering what causes eczema and what is included in eczema treatment. Here at DCSI, we will properly treat all eczema cases with individualized care for optimal results. Dr. Wassef is a board certified Delray Beach dermatologist with many years of experience treating the skin.
What is the Main Cause of Eczema?
Different stages and types of eczema affect so many people on a daily basis. The most common type of eczema is called atopic dermatitis which directly correlates with an inflammation of the skin. While its main cause is unknown, the condition appears to be an abnormal response of the body’s immune system. According to Medical News Today, a combination of genetic and environmental factors come into play when discussing the onset of eczema. 1 On the genetic side, if both parents have experienced an atopic skin condition before, the risk of the child developing eczema increases. Dairy products, soy products, and eggs can actually cause eczema flare-ups. A very common environmental factor that can bring out eczema symptoms includes direct contact with irritants such as soaps, detergents, and shampoos. If you or your child is allergic to allergens such as dust and pollen, this can also be a direct cause of eczema.
How to Treat Eczema
Now that you understand why eczema may have formed in the first place, it’s to time treat this skin condition. It’s very important to find an eczema dermatologist who you trust and feel comfortable with. This medical professional will be able to properly assess the symptoms and determine the best route to take for treatment.
There is no cure for eczema, however eczema treatment can heal the affected skin in order to prevent future flare-ups. At DCSI, we base treatment off of the patient’s age, the symptoms that are present, and any other medical conditions that can directly impact the recommended treatment. You can alleviate the symptoms by applying a topical cream or ointment administered by a dermatologist. There are even certain moisturizers that will help bring down the inflammation and you should consult with your doctor about the creams that will work best for your skin.
Controlling eczema and the symptoms that come with it is possible. If you are worried about red patches on the skin, it’s time to contact a dermatologist. Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery Institute has offices in Delray Beach and Wellington that can help all patients treat any skin condition that is present. If you are in need of eczema treatment for kids or even for yourself, schedule an appointment with us today! We are happy to help everyone maintain healthy skin.
 Medical News Today, What’s to Know About Eczema?
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