Eczema/Atopic Dermatitis

The most common type of eczema, also known as  Atopic Dermatitis, is a common skin condition that affects a large portion of Americans. Nearly 3% of the entire population of the US and 10% of toddlers are affected by atopic dermatitis. It is a genetic condition, affecting the genes that affect the amount of moisture in the skin and the immune response to certain triggers. Often the symptoms of atopic dermatitis resolve, or at least decrease, with age, but in some cases, eczema persists into adulthood. 

Why do I have eczema?

 

Eczema is genetic, meaning in your DNA, but it is also worsened by various triggers in the environment. Most patients with atopic dermatitis have a family history of eczema, allergies, asthma or hay fever. Eczema may appear in children due to food allergies.

Symptoms

 

Eczema is characterized by redness, itching, dryness, and scaling or bumps, which can also bleed and become crusty. 

 

Additional symptoms of eczema include:

 

  • Sensitive, swollen skin (from itching)
  • Red to brownish-gray patches on ankles, chest, elbows, hands, eyelids, knees and neck
  • Severe, dry skin
  • Mild to severe itching, especially at night

What can I do about my eczema?

 

If you’re experiencing eczema, it’s important to talk to your doctor. He or she will discuss a  helpful skin care regimen and ways to reduce environmental triggers, such as fragrances or dyes, and detergents which contact the skin. If necessary, we may recommend topical anti-inflammatory medications to address your symptoms. In severe cases, resistant to other treatments, there are oral and injectable medications that may be considered.

 

The first step in addressing your eczema is scheduling an appointment with your doctor.

Severe eczema? Call us!

Patients with chronic or severe eczema are at risk for other infections, so it is important to treat the inflamed skin. Have eczema, call us today!  We’ll take a look at your skin, ask about your skin and medical history, and may suggest changes and medications (if necessary) to help get your skin back on track.

 

Dermatology of Athens is trained in addressing the symptoms of eczema, and we’re confident we can provide the best relief for you. To schedule your appointment, give us a call at 706-353-8220 or email us at info@dermathens.com. We can’t wait to care for your skin!