Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, causes patches of itchy, inflamed, and cracked skin. It is one of the most common skin conditions, affecting over 10% of Americans each year. While eczema is mostly diagnosed in children, this chronic, inflammatory condition can flare up long into adulthood.
Symptoms of Eczema:
Symptoms can vary depending on the age of the person affected. For example, eczema in infants tends to be milder and harder for parents to identify with small, itchy rashes. However, eczema in older children and adults may present with the following symptoms:
- Scaly rashes
- Rashes commonly found on the hands, in the creases of the elbows, knees or nape of the neck
- Dry skin in affected areas
Causes of Eczema:
The specific cause of eczema is still unknown, though it is believed to stem from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Environmental factors may include:
- Irritants: soaps, shampoos, detergents and foods
- Allergens: pets, pollens, molds
Treatment for Eczema
While there is no cure for eczema, treatments can help heal the skin and prevent future symptoms. For mild flare-ups, home remedies, such as lukewarm baths and moisturizers, can help alleviate symptoms and facilitate healing. However, for more chronic cases, topical medications may be prescribed.
Most patients will benefit from a combination of treatments. At ForCare Medical Center, we can help you manage your eczema and find relief today.
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