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Signs & Symptoms of Eczema

You may experience a variety of symptoms from redness, dryness, flakiness, peeling, and rashes along with itching.

Causes of Eczema

Eczema can have many causes, including allergic reactions, friction, prolonged exposure to heat and moisture, or contact with irritants, such as harsh chemicals.

Treatments for Eczema

Allergic contact dermatitis
The itching and blistering of allergic contact dermatitis can occur after contact with an allergen, a substance that causes an allergic reaction. These reactions typically appear within a few days of exposure.

Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac are the most common causes of allergic reactions in the United States. Each year, millions of Americans will be affected by contact with these poisonous plants.

Other common causes of allergic contact dermatitis include metals (such as nickel), rubber, dyes, cosmetics, preservatives, and fragrances.

Contact dermatitis is by far the most common work-related skin disorder, accounting for 90-95% of all cases.

Atopic dermatitis
Atopic dermatitis is frequently described as “the itch that rashes.” It is characterized by patches of dry, red skin that may have scales and/or crust. Often, there is intense itchiness, accompanied by the desire to scratch.

Eczema usually occurs on the face, neck, and the insides of the elbows, knees, and ankles.

One in 10 people will develop atopic dermatitis during their lifetime.

It affects up to 25% of children and 2-3% of adults.

An estimated 60% of people with this condition develop it in their first year of life, and 90% develop it before age 5. However, atopic dermatitis can begin during puberty or later.

Genetic, immune, and environmental factors may contribute to the development of atopic dermatitis.

While there is no cure for atopic dermatitis, most cases can be controlled with proper treatment. The goals of treatment are to keep the skin moist, reduce inflammation and the risk of infection, and minimize the itch associated with the rash.

Our physicians can develop a treatment regimen for you to help manage and treat the symptoms of eczema.

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