Eczema is a type of allergic reaction of the skin that causes red, dry, scaly rashes that itch. Eczema can be accompanied by systemic (throughout the body) symptoms or may accompany conditions such as asthma or hay fever. Some forms of eczema are present since childhood, while others can lead to adults developing eczema for the first time.
Your symptoms may vary in severity and appearance. Symptoms of eczema can flare up periodically and then clear up for a time, even for several years. Below are some of the most common symptoms:
- Red to brownish-gray patches, which can be present on the hands, feet, ankles, wrists, neck, upper chest, eyelids, elbows, knees, and, in infants, the face and scalp
- Small, raised bumps, which can leak fluid and crust over when scratched
- Thickened, cracked, dry, scaly skin
- Raw, sensitive, swollen skin from scratching
Your doctor will advise the best ways to care for your skin to minimize flare-ups and the associated discomfort.
Your specialist may prescribe an oral (taken by mouth) medication that can help control the underlying allergic reaction and reduce the bothersome symptoms.
Ointment or Cream
A recommended ointment, cream, or lotion can reduce itching and rashes.
In more extreme cases, your doctor may recommend light therapy to help reduce rashes, calm irritations, and control itching.
Through a medical examination of your skin,we can accurately diagnose the cause of eczema and determine the best way to treat it.
Blood Test or Patch Test
We may conduct a blood test or patch test by placing small amounts of allergens on your skin to see if there is a reaction.
To confirm the diagnosis and cause of your eczema, we may remove a small section of the affected skin (biopsy) and send it to a laboratory for analysis.
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