Eczema is a skin condition that is quite common. For some people, it begins in infancy and lasts for the remainder of their lives. For others, it developed over time. The good news about eczema is that it can be treated with the help of a board-certified dermatologist. However, the treatment method that is effective for each patient varies since each individual is different.
There are a variety of symptoms of eczema. Patches of itchy, irritated and inflamed skin are all common signs of eczema. These symptoms usually lead to a rash. Continuing to scratch the areas that are affected by eczema could lead to infection in those areas.
Eczema can be caused by a variety of factors and elements. For instance, some people are allergic to certain kinds of laundry detergents, beauty products, chemicals, mold, dust, mites, fabrics and more. For many people, eczema is genetic. Still, other people’s eczema may be brought on by certain foods. Some people believe that eczema is caused by an overactive autoimmune system as well. Dermatologists will attempt to determine the cause of a patient’s eczema to offer the best treatment option for it.
A variety of ways to treat eczema exist. The dermatologists in our Orange County locations might suggest that patients take lukewarm baths, use certain body washes and moisturizers, apply cold compresses to the affected areas, apply lotion to their skin directly after bathing and use antihistamines. Our doctors might also prescribe light therapy, antibiotics, creams and topical ointments, custom prescriptions and Cydosporine A. There are varying degrees of eczema, so the treatment methods that dermatologists prescribe for each patient may vary depending upon the degree of each patient’s case. For people who have tried over-the-counter treatments for eczema to no avail, it might be time to turn to the services of a board-certified dermatologist. Call our office in Orange County to set up an appointment today.