Board Certified Dermatologists & Cosmetic Dermatologists located in Spring Hill, Brooksville, Homosassa, & Beverly Hills, FL
Rough, dry, and scaly patches on the skin represent the classic symptoms of eczema. To relieve itching and discomfort today, visit Lotus Dermatology at one of their locations in Spring Hill, Brooksville, Beverly Hills, or Homosassa, Florida. This practice offers customized dermatology services for women and men with eczema and other skin conditions. Click to book a personalized consultation or call the office to schedule an appointment today.
Eczema Q & A
What is eczema?
Eczema is a condition characterized by rough, scaly, itchy patches on the skin that affects about 30 million people in the United States and can strike at any age. Sometimes you can outgrow this condition with age, but you may have to live with it for life.
It’s common for eczema to go away temporarily, only to return later.
What causes eczema?
Eczema has no known cause. This condition might have a genetic component, or symptoms may appear with exposure to certain triggers that irritate the skin, such as:
- Harsh chemicals from soaps, cosmetic products, or lotions
- Allergies, asthma, or hay fever
- Exposure to the elements, like sun or wind
Evidence suggests that eczema might also develop because of a food sensitivity or allergy.
What are the symptoms of eczema?
Eczema looks different depending on your skin type, but the rash usually starts with dry patches of skin that are incredibly itchy. As you scratch, the skin gets redder and more irritated, and this can lead to bleeding or open, oozing sores.
Eczema can appear on any part of your body but tends to develop on your hands, arms, elbows, feet, and knees.
Over time, the dry patches of skin can become crusty or hard, taking on a scaly appearance.
How is eczema treated?
Treatment for eczema involves reducing inflammation and relieving the itch. This helps the rash to subside and eventually go away on its own.
Depending on your symptoms, your dermatologist may recommend anti-itch medication or lotion along with moisturizing products. They offer the Lotus skin care professional line and non-irritating cosmetic solutions to help resolve your eczema and prevent it from returning.
Other treatments for eczema might include medications with hydrocortisone, corticosteroids, or antihistamines.
What results can I expect with eczema treatment?
Resolving eczema with the right treatment is possible.
The necessary precautions involve taking care of your skin and avoiding the triggers that cause your eczema breakouts. After your skin clears, apply lotion when your skin is damp, so it retains moisture more easily. If you play sports, try to avoid tight clothing that traps sweat in your skin and minimize your exposure to chlorine or salt water.
If you’re looking for eczema treatment from a team of specialists, contact Lotus Dermatology today. Call the office to schedule an appointment or click to book online.
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