To help patients who suffer from eczema, we offer comprehensive treatment. You may have this condition if your skin is irritated, itchy, or inflamed. Your epidermis, or outer layer of skin, is your body’s first shield against illness, disease, and infection, so restoring the health of your skin by managing eczema can help maintain your overall health. Dr. Richard Ecker and our staff can provide instructions to help you restore the natural protective barrier of your skin. To learn more about eczema or schedule a consultation with Dr. Ecker, contact our office today.
Eczema is a broad group of skin conditions and skin diseases which share common symptoms but have contributing factors or causes. This condition may manifest differently depending on your skin type, age, and medical history. In addition, eczema symptoms can be difficult to spot because they can easily be mistaken for other conditions, such as dry skin, rosacea, allergies, or sun damage.
You may be suffering from eczema if you experience:
- Scaly, dry skin or persistent rashes
- Severe persistent itching
- Heightened skin sensitivity and tenderness
- Swollen skin
- Raised, thick, or uneven skin patches, which may be localized or spread over a larger area
- Darker or lighter pigmentation (eczema may present as dark patches for light-skinned patients and light patches for patients with a darker complexion)
- Bleeding from dry or cracked skin
- More frequent skin infections as a result of any of the above symptoms
As with acne, rosacea, and other skin conditions, patients with eczema may experience flare-ups, meaning that these symptoms come and go in cycles. Dermatologists are not entirely sure what causes eczema, but this condition is thought to be the result of an overactive immune system and loss of the barrier function of the skin. Patients whose parents had eczema or suffered from allergies are more likely to experience this condition. Certain products, temperatures, pets, respiratory diseases, or stresses can worsen or trigger eczema. Dr. Ecker will examine your skin, review your medical information, and, in some cases, perform allergy assessments to provide diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment.
Depending on the extent of your condition, it may not be possible to resolve your eczema entirely. However, Dr. Ecker and our team can help you manage this condition so that you are comfortable and healthy. We typically recommend that eczema patients apply one or more treatment protocols:
- Topical Prescription Medicines – Depending on your symptoms, Dr. Ecker may prescribe topical corticosteroids to reduce inflammation and itching; antihistamines to diminish itchiness; or immunomodulators such as Protopic to prevent a specific area of skin from having an overactive immune response that can create eczema symptoms.
- Improved Skin Care – Our office provides a full line of Epionce® skin care products to help you clean and maintain your skin while improving your eczema. It is important for patients with this condition to use skin cleanser rather than traditional soaps.
- Barrier Creams – We often suggest using specialized barrier creams for the treatment of eczema, as these products not only coat the affected skin but help the skin to heal by restoring the barrier function and protect it against irritants.
- Avoidance of Certain Materials or Behaviors – Dr. Ecker may be able to help you identify triggers for your eczema, such as pet dander or certain perfumes, so you can avoid them and relieve your symptoms. We recommend that all eczema patients stay away from irritating chemicals and avoid friction on the affected areas.
Eczema can compromise your quality of life. Fortunately, we can help you manage this condition. Contact our office today to learn more about our treatment options and schedule a consultation with Dr. Ecker.