Is Your Rash Eczema?

atopic dermatitis symptom skin detail texture Do you have a painful, itchy rash? Are you worried it might be eczema? Here is some information on what eczema looks like, why you may have it, and some tips on how you can deal with it.

What causes E?

Researchers can’t say for sure what causes eczema. It could be a combination of environmental and genetic factors, and people with eczema also seem to have problems with hay fever and asthma. Adults can have it, but children can suffer with it as well. For some patients it flares up once in a while, and others can go several years without it only to have it make an appearance once again. It is not contagious, but it can be annoying or downright painful, and it can be embarrassing.

Your dermatologist will be able to tell you if you have eczema or another skin condition. However, it may be eczema if you have:

• Reddish or brownish-gray patches, which can appear almost anywhere – the upper chest, the inside of knees or elbows, the hands, and even on the eyelids

• Small bumps that leak fluid and then crust over

• Scaly, cracked skin

• Rashes that are constantly itchy

How is eczema treated?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for eczema, but there are some treatments and some things you can try at home that may minimize the symptoms and help you to find some relief:

• Moisturize your skin thoroughly at least twice a day. A medicated ointment or cream might help.

• Determine what might be triggering your eczema attacks so that you can avoid these triggers. A flare up might be caused by pollen, dust, certain foods, soap, or detergent, just to name a few examples. Some people find that their eczema appears when they are under stress or when they encounter extreme temperatures.

• Take short showers with water that is warm (not too hot). Gently dry yourself afterwards.

If you have a skin problem that just won’t go away on its own, the skincare professionals at Revitalize! CNY can help to diagnose the problem and then will find a way to help treat it. Call (315) 251-1234 for an appointment today!

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