It goes by the names eczema and atopic dermatitis, but you know it as a troublesome itchy rash with red, irritated skin. The treatment you need for more comfortable, clear skin can be found at Associates in Dermatology, with offices in Westlake, Middleburg Heights, and Lorain, OH.
While eczema causes are not yet fully understood, we know it is the result of the body’s under-production of lipids and fats. This deficiency of ceramides allows the skin to lose hydration. Eczema can also be a reaction to environmental elements such as harsh chemicals or allergens, or it can be triggered by food or topical allergies.
As skin becomes dry, you may notice:
- Intense itching, which could interfere with sleep
- Patches of reddened skin (or possibly brownish or gray)
- A rash of small, fluid-filled bumps, which may seep or crust over from scratching
- Scaly, cracked, or thickened skin
- Skin sensitivity and minor swelling
Many babies have eczema on the face (eyelids and cheeks), scalp, and inside folds of arms and legs. They usually outgrow it over several years.
As we get older, eczema may develop on the:
- Upper chest
- Inside elbows
- Backs of knees
Tailored eczema treatment in Westlake, OH
An Associates in Dermatology provider begins with a thorough examination, and unhurried discussion about your symptoms, how they are impacting your life, and potential triggers. You then receive a treatment plan customized to your needs.
Eczema itch relief may include advice on simple lifestyle changes, as well as medical interventions. Corticosteroid cream relieves itching , and reduces inflammation allowing the skin to begin its repair process. If the skin is cracked or has open sores, antibiotic cream may be beneficial in fighting the bacterial infection. Oral medications may help get the inflammation under control, and an injectable biologic medication may be an option for severe cases.
Phototherapy involves treating affected skin with a special device that emits narrowband ultraviolet B rays. In this carefully controlled manner, UVB light (which is the most beneficial segment of sunlight) quiets the itch and calms inflammation while boosting the skin’s natural bacteria-fighting abilities. While there is no guaranteed eczema cure, the doctor may recommend light therapy for widespread rash, or for localized areas that do not respond to other treatments or recurs.
The rash that itches is no match for the highly skilled team at Associates in Dermatology. Call (440) 482-8323 for an appointment.