Living with Eczema

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition characterized by episodes of skin irritation. The symptoms of eczema include a red, itchy rash that can appear anywhere on the body and dry, sensitive skin. Although this condition can improve with age, it affects both children and adults with varying severity. If you suffer from eczema, you and your dermatologist can work together to develop a personalized treatment plan that will minimize symptoms and maximize comfort. Preventing Eczema Flare-Ups Eczema can worsen and improve with time; although you cannot completely prevent eczema flare-ups, you can take steps to reduce the likelihood and severity of rashes. Rashes and sensitive skin may be caused by a variety of triggers, which can differ from person to person. Talking to your dermatologist about your flare-ups can help you identify your personal triggers and avoid them. Additionally, following a regular skin care routine can reduce itching, redness, and sensitivity. Moisturize your skin every day, both before and after bathing. When drying your skin, pat rather than rub with a soft towel. Wear soft fabrics, such as bamboo and cotton, and avoid tight-fitting clothing. Use humidifiers to improve your comfort in the winter and shower immediately after sweating or working out to avoid further skin irritation. Treating Eczema Flare-Ups When eczema flare-ups do occur, you may need to take a more proactive approach to skin care. Your dermatologist can recommend creams and other medications to reduce pain and itching when rashes occur. Soaking in anti-itch bath treatments can also help to reduce irritation and itching. Keep your nails trimmed short so that any scratching you may do won’t break the skin. Continue to moisturize your skin regularly during flare-ups and switch to a richer lotion until the symptoms of your eczema improve. Specialists in Dermatology have been providing general and cosmetic dermatology services in Tucson since 1998. Contact us by calling our central office today at (520) 382-3330 or click through our website to meet our physicians and explore our skin care services.