If your baby frequently has dry, scaly, itchy, cracked and red skin, they may have eczema. With proper treatment for you or your baby’s eczema, the disease often can be controlled.
Patch testing is a great solution to help find the cause of eczema. Possible irritants are applied as patches and placed on the skin to determine any possible allergic reactions. Testing is performed in the office to determine a specific irritant for patients with contact dermatitis. Patients requiring extensive testing will meet with our onsite allergist.
Antibiotics are often used to treat bacterial infections, open sores, or cracking in the skin caused by frequent scratching. A skincare professional from Affiliated Dermatology can prescribe antibiotics for a length of time based on the condition of your skin issue and your specific needs. Taking the required antibiotics for the recommended time will continue to prevent infections from reoccurring.
Oral Antihistamines are ideal for those suffering from severe itching. Certain types of medications make you sleepy, helping not only to eliminate itching itself but also helping anyone whose sleep is affected by the continuous sensation to scratch. Finally, get a good night’s sleep and relief from scratching by taking a simple oral antihistamine.
Oral or Injected Corticosteroids are used for extreme cases of itching. Oral corticosteroid prescription or simple corticosteroid injections are performed to reduce inflammation and control the severe itching sensation. Although this treatment is effective for eczema, it is used as a short-term solution due to potential long-term usage side effects.
Atopic Dermatitis is the most frequent form of eczema and is thought to be caused by abnormal functioning of the body’s immune system. It is characterized by itchy, inflamed skin. Atopic dermatitis tends to run in families. About two-thirds of the people who develop this form of eczema do so before the age of one. Atopic dermatitis generally flares up and recedes intermittently throughout the patient’s life.
Contact Dermatitis is caused when the skin comes into contact with an allergy-producing agent or an irritant, such as chemicals. Finding the triggering allergen is important to treatment and prevention. Allergens can be things like laundry detergent, cosmetics, jewelry, fabrics, perfume, diapers, and poison ivy or poison sumac.
Dyshidrotic Dermatitis is a type of eczema that strikes the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. It produces clear, deep blisters that itch and burn. Dyshidrotic dermatitis occurs most frequently during the summer months and in warm climates.
Neurodermatitis, also known as Lichen Simplex Chronicus, is a chronic skin inflammation caused by a continuous cycle of scratching and itching in response to a localized itch, like a mosquito bite. It creates scaly patches of skin, most commonly on the head, lower legs, wrists or forearms. Over time, the skin may become thickened and leathery.
Seborrheic Dermatitis is a common condition that causes yellowish, oily and scaly patches on the scalp, face or other body parts. Dandruff, in adults, and cradle cap, in infants, are both forms of seborrheic dermatitis. Unlike other types of eczema, seborrheic dermatitis does not necessarily itch. It tends to run in families. Known triggers include weather, oily skin, emotional stress, and infrequent shampooing.
Stasis Dermatitis, also known as varicose eczema, is a form of eczema is a skin irritation that appears on the lower legs of middle-aged and elderly people. It is related to circulation and vein problems. Symptoms include itching and reddish-brown discoloration of the skin on one or both legs. As the condition progresses, it can lead to blistering, oozing and skin lesions.
Could that itchy, scaly, bumpy rash be eczema? At Affiliated Dermatology, located across the Valley in Scottsdale, Deer Valley, Old Town, Anthem, Surprise, Gilbert, Ahwatukee, and Tempe, AZ, our providers offer eczema relief for adults and children throughout the greater Phoenix area. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us by calling (480) 556-0446 or leaving us a message with the contact form below.