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Eczema

Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates, LTD

Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists located in Scottsdale, AZ & Gilbert, AZ

The chronic itching associated with eczema can lead to frequent skin infections that make you look and feel bad. At Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates, LTD, with two locations in Scottsdale and another in Gilbert, Arizona, the team provides effective treatments to relieve eczema's excessively dry and irritated skin. To alleviate your eczema discomfort and itchiness, schedule a consultation online or by phone today.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition that causes persistent redness and itching. Though more common in children, eczema can be a chronic condition, affecting adults for a lifetime.

Healthy skin has a barrier of moisture that protects your body from irritants, allergens, and bacteria. When you have eczema, your body can't offer this protection because of a variation in your genes. This causes your skin to be easily irritated by allergens and bacteria, leading to eczema flare-ups.

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Eczema can affect people differently, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Eczema can be persistent, or you may experience periodic flare-ups, especially if you have hay fever or asthma.

Common symptoms of eczema include:

  • Dry skin
  • Persistent itching
  • Red or brown skin patches
  • Thickened and cracked skin

Eczema can also produce small, raised bumps filled with fluid. When you scratch these bumps, fluid may leak out, causing your skin to crust over. Your skin may also become extra sensitive and swollen from frequent scratching.

What treatment options are available for eczema?

There aren’t any tests for eczema, and the team Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates, LTD, makes a visual diagnosis based on your symptoms. 

They may recommend treatment if eczema symptoms cause discomfort and interfere with your life. Topical corticosteroid creams and high-quality moisturizers may be the best method for treating your dry, itchy skin.

If your skin becomes infected, you may also need to use antibiotic creams or oral medications in addition to corticosteroid treatments.

Even with treatment, you might develop flare-ups of eczema throughout your lifetime. The team can monitor your skin and adjust your treatments, as necessary.

To ease discomfort and pain from eczema flare-ups when at home, you can take warm baths using uncooked oatmeal or baking soda to alleviate itching and excessive skin dryness. 

Keep the air in your home moist, and use a humidifier to prevent dry skin. You should also wear lightweight, smooth-textured clothing to reduce the friction on your skin.

To find relief from the itchy, dry skin of eczema, schedule a consultation at Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates, LTD, by using the online booking feature or calling the office.