Almost a third of the people in the U.S. have some stage of eczema. This skin condition causes patches of skin to become itchy, cracked, red and rough and sometimes with blisters. The most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis, which means the disease involves the immune system. Some people have eczema throughout their life and some outgrow it before reaching adulthood. In Mason, we have professional eczema treatment options available that may alleviate symptoms and heal damaged skin.
We are proud to offer treatments for eczema right here in Mason. The aim of these treatments is preventative care to avoid flare-ups. During your consultation with our specialist, we will focus on identifying the causes of your flare-ups. We will guide you to things you can do at home such as take short, lukewarm showers and moisturize regularly to help alleviate symptoms and avoid outbreaks.
When it comes to eczema treatment, the most common line of first defense involves the use of prescription anti-inflammatory topical corticosteroid ointments and creams that are applied directly to the affected areas and are designed to relieve the main symptoms of inflammation and itchiness. However, this doesn’t always work, and eczema treatment is certainly not one-size-fits-all. It’s also important to keep in mind that there is currently no cure for eczema.
Oftentimes, alternative and complementary treatments may be beneficial in controlling the symptoms. While stress is not a direct cause, it can make the symptoms worse. As such, we may ask you to do certain things to avoid flare-ups:
• Watch for signs that an infection is developing such as pus-filled bumps, heat, pain and red skin
• Recognize triggers that may be stressful events or certain foods that may be triggers
• Find ways to avoid scratching the affected areas.
Eczema is not curable, but with our eczema treatments available at Dermatology & Skincare Associates in Mason, you may reduce your symptoms. Even when your skin becomes clear, you may be asked to continue to care for it to avoid returning flare-ups, which can happen when you least expect it. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more.