In the United States, eczema is diagnosed in 12% of children and 7% of adults. Of those with eczema, 30-40% have a moderate-to-severe problem that negatively impacts their quality of life. At Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. in Tempe, Mesa, and Chandler, Arizona, Suresh Anand, MD, FACP, FCCP, and Miriam Anand, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI, offer exceptional treatment for eczema, helping each patient maintain healthy skin and prevent future flare-ups. To get help for eczema, call your nearest office or use the online booking system.
Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is an inflammatory skin condition that typically develops in young children before the age of five. However, it can persist throughout adolescence and adulthood, and it may appear for the first time at any age.
People with eczema have a weak skin barrier. The skin barrier keeps your skin hydrated and protects you from bacteria and other harmful organisms. Without a healthy barrier, you’re susceptible to inflammation, eczema, and infections.
Eczema causes a red, itchy rash, along with a variety of other symptoms that vary from one person to the next. Your skin may be dry and scaly or tiny, oozing bumps may appear.
Adults often have patches of reddish-brown, thickened skin. Patients with moderate-to-severe eczema may develop painful sores and have difficulty sleeping.
Though symptoms can appear anywhere on your body, your knees, ankles, wrists, and elbows are most often affected. Adults may have eczema around their eyes, while children typically develop a rash on their cheeks.
Some patients find that their eczema flares up occasionally, then goes into remission for a period of time. In many cases, a flare-up is triggered by exposure to an irritant.
Eczema triggers are different for each person, so these are only a few examples of common triggers:
Certain fabrics such as wool and polyester can also trigger an eczema flare-up.
The team at Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. provides a comprehensive treatment plan that includes:
Maintaining a healthy skin barrier is essential if you want to relieve eczema symptoms and prevent future flares. You need to frequently apply a moisturizer and use gentle skin care products.
The Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. team helps you identify the things that trigger your eczema, then works with you to create a plan to avoid them. If your triggers are allergens, they perform allergy testing and may recommend allergy shots, which will relieve your allergies and also reduce eczema flare-ups.
The team at Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. may prescribe topical anti-inflammatory and antibiotic medications. If you have moderate-to-severe eczema, you may be a good candidate for advanced biologic medications that reduce inflammation and treat your symptoms.
If you need care for eczema, call Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. or schedule an appointment online.