If you or your child has itchy, dry, or blistered skin, you might have a case of eczema. Turn to the expert team at Denver Allergy & Asthma Associates team with offices in Boulder, Lakewood, Westminster, Denver, Littleton, and Arvada, Colorado. They provide eczema treatment plus tips on controlling triggers that cause flare-ups. Book an appointment by phone or online today.
Eczema is a common skin condition that affects many people all over the world. Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is characterized by inflamed, itchy, and red patches of skin. These patches may appear on various parts of your body, such as your face, hands, arms, and legs.
When it comes to identifying eczema, you might experience a range of symptoms, the most common being intense itching, which can lead to scratching and further aggravation of the affected areas. Your skin may become dry, scaly, and rough to the touch.
In some cases, eczema can also cause blisters that ooze and crust over, resulting in discomfort and potential infections. Your affected skin may also exhibit discoloration, thickening, or the development of small raised bumps.
The exact cause of eczema remains unknown, but it’s thought to be a combination of environmental and genetic factors.
Environmental triggers include:
In addition, you’re more likely to develop eczema if you have a family history of eczema or other allergic conditions, such as asthma or hay fever.
The Denver Allergy & Asthma Associates team provides several approaches to manage and alleviate your eczema symptoms.
They may recommend practicing good skincare habits, such as moisturizing regularly, using mild soaps and cleansers, and avoiding harsh chemicals or perfumes that can irritate your skin. They might also suggest identifying and avoiding triggers that worsen your eczema, such as fragrances and/or contact allergens.
In cases where symptoms are more severe, your provider may prescribe topical medications like corticosteroids or calcineurin inhibitors to reduce inflammation and itching. Oral antihistamines can also help alleviate itching and improve your sleep quality. In more extreme cases, systemic medications or biologic agents may be necessary to control your eczema symptoms effectively.
The Denver Allergy & Asthma Associates team helps educate you on ways to manage your condition better. They may recommend keeping a journal to track flare-ups and identify potential triggers, as well as offer advice on stress reduction techniques and lifestyle modifications to minimize eczema episodes.
If you have eczema, call or book an appointment online for an evaluation today at Denver Allergy & Asthma Associates.