Eczema | Symptoms and Treatments | Allure Medical

Eczema in Michigan

Eczema refers to a number of different skin conditions that can cause red, inflamed skin. Usually, what people mean when they say “eczema” is “atopic dermatitis,” which is a hereditary condition. It is common among children, with 95% of cases happening before a child’s fifth birthday — some will eventually grow out of it; some won’t.

What are the symptoms?

Eczema shows up most often on the face, hands, feet, wrists and the back of the knees (though it can appear in other areas). The affected skin often appears dry, thick and even scaly. The most common symptom is intense itchiness. Occasionally the skin will start itching even before the rash surfaces. Sometimes, intense itching can cause the skin to break, which can leave it vulnerable to secondary infections.

How is it treated?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for eczema or atopic dermatitis, but it is possible to manage the symptoms. If you or your family is prone to this condition, be sure to use delicate, fragrance free soaps, detergents and fabric softeners in your home. Those with eczema should be sure to thoroughly moisturize every day, preferably right after bathing. Your dermatologist can also help put together a treatment plan specifically formulated to your condition — there are many medications and therapies that can help control eczema and reduce flare-ups. Call us to schedule an appointment today and find out how the dermatologists at Allure Medical can help you.