Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a common skin disorder or condition characterised by red rashes, dry and itchy skin that affects both children and adults. Eczema usually develops on the face, arms and behind the knees. While there is no cure, as a skin specialist, Dr Temi has the expertise to help you manage eczema and minimise the symptoms.
Eczema is particularly common in infants but can develop in people of any age. Eczema may be caused by internal or external factors, and there are various types of eczema. The most common are atopic eczema and contact eczema.
Atopic eczema is the most common type of dermatitis. It is usually hereditary and caused by conditions such as hay fever and asthma. People with atopic eczema have very sensitive skin and experience flares with symptoms of redness, dry and itchy skin if in contact with certain perfumes, soaps, pollen, certain materials, heat or stress.
Contact eczema can be differentiated between irritant and allergic contact eczema. Both types are caused by external factors such as occupational chemicals and soaps. Those with contact eczema may experience itching, blistering and a swelling, red rash.
It is essential to contact Dr Temi Awotedu Inc and consult your dermatologist to manage symptoms of eczema. The following symptoms are typical of eczema or atopic dermatitis:
- Red rashes
- Itchy skin
- Blistering of the skin
- Dry, cracked, scaly skin
- Swelling, burning or tenderness
- Open or crusted sores (usually during flares)
TREATMENT OF ECZEMA
While there is no treatment or cure for dermatitis or eczema, Dr Temi may assist you in identifying the external factors that cause flares so that they can be avoided, and help you manage symptoms.
Aside from reducing exposure to triggers, management by your skin specialist may include the use of topical steroid creams, antibiotics, antihistamines, phototherapy and oral corticosteroids. As each person is unique, what is best suited for each patient may vary. Be sure to make an appointment with your dermatologist if you have reason to believe that you suffer from eczema.