More than 30 million Americans have some form of eczema, and if you’re one of them, you know how disruptive it can be to the quality of your life. At Aspen Center for Cosmetic Medicine & Dermatology in Aspen, Colorado, Brooke Walls, DO, is a board-certified dermatologist and medical aesthetic specialist who compassionately treats patients of all ages to relieve eczema symptoms long term. While there’s no cure for eczema, Dr. Walls can help you control flare-ups with a holistic approach to treatment. Call to schedule an exam today, or click the button to request an appointment.
What is eczema?
Eczema is the name for a group of skin conditions that cause red, itchy, inflamed patches of skin. It’s not contagious, and it’s often triggered by environmental factors. The exact cause of eczema isn’t known, but medical researchers do know it runs in families.
Some of the most common of the several different types of eczema are:
- Atopic dermatitis
- Contact dermatitis
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Nummular eczema
It’s possible to have more than one type at the same time.
What are the symptoms of eczema?
Symptoms for eczema look different for infants, children, and adults, but in all cases, eczema causes itchy skin. For babies as young as 2-3 months old, eczema appears as a rash that makes the skin dry, scaly, and itchy. You may first notice the rash on your baby’s face or scalp.
Children may develop a rash in the creases of their elbows and knees, or on their neck, wrists, and ankles. It may look like little red bumps that itch and cause discomfort. Your child’s skin may thicken in the affected area in an attempt to protect itself from constant scratching.
It’s rare to develop eczema as an adult if you didn’t have it as a child. It can appear nearly anywhere on your body in the form of atopic dermatitis and cause very dry skin and nonstop itching. Your skin may also appear thickened over the years if you’ve repeatedly scratched the same areas.
How does a dermatologist treat eczema?
Dr. Walls performs a thorough exam to determine the type(s) of eczema you or your child has so she can create the most effective treatment plan. She takes a holistic approach to eczema, as well as any other dermatological condition, so you can get long-term relief. She may recommend changes to your skin care routine and lifestyle, along with medications and topical ointments.
Other eczema treatments may include:
- Applying moisturizers several times a day
- Using gentle soaps
- Avoiding triggers that may cause flare-ups
- Using UVA/UVB light therapies
- Taking warm baths
- Taking oral anti-itch medications
Reducing stress and anxiety may also help minimize flare-ups. Ultimately, the goal of eczema treatment is to help you control the frequency and severity of flare-ups so you can improve the quality of your life.
If you need expert help with eczema in a professional and caring environment, call to schedule a consultation or book online today.