Eczema in Peoria, AZ
The terms eczema and Atopic Dermatitis (AD) are often used synonymously. In a more mild reaction they are usually characterized by inflamed, red, itchy, dry, or flaking skin. In a more severe reaction they are characterized by blistering, crusting, or bleeding cracks in the skin. Eczema & AD both have a tendency to run in families but are not contagious; rather they have more of a genetic component.
Eczema typically appears on the abdomen, lower legs, elbows, back, knees, hands, and face. However, it can cover any part of the body. Nearly 15 million people in the US are affected by some form of Atopic Dermatitis. "It does affect both men and women of all races equally (National Eczema Association)."
Other types of Eczema:
- Nummular Eczema
- Seborrheic Dermatitis
- Hand Eczema
- Irritant Contact Dermatitis
- Dishydrotic Eczema
- Allergic Contact Dermatitis
The exact cause of eczema is unknown. It cannot be cured, but by learning what triggers the outbreaks, it can be treated and managed. Most often the triggers are allergens, so finding out what a person is allergic to can control outbreaks.
Some Common Triggers Are:
- Animal or vegetable proteins from foods, pollens, and pets.
- Your doctor can discuss with you the best way to discover your particular triggers.
- avoid dry skin
- Use gloves when doing dishes or other household chores.
- Moisturize often
- Use products that are emollients or creams. Apply them after bathing to "lock-in" moisture.
- Anti-itch drugs, such as an antihistamine, can be prescribed by your physician.
- When eczema is severe, there are other prescriptions to be taken by mouth and some topical creams that can be prescribed that will also help to control itching.