4 Telltale Signs that Your Rash is Eczema

4 Telltale Signs that Your Rash is Eczema

Eczema is a common disorder of your skin that causes uncomfortable symptoms, including an itchy rash. If you’ve been feeling bothered by skin rashes or itching, could it be eczema? Once you know your diagnosis, you can figure out how to resolve your uncomfortable or unsightly symptoms.

At Regional Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Center, our team of allergy and immunology experts, under the leadership of Dr. Shailee Madhok, can diagnose the cause of your rash. We treat new and existing patients with eczema and other skin conditions from locations in Kingsport and Johnson City, Tennessee and Abingdon, Virginia.

Keep an eye out for these telltale signs that your rash may be due to eczema.

1. Thick or scaly skin

If you have eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, your skin could appear thickened or scaly. Psoriasis, another type of skin condition, can also cause scaly skin, so it’s not conclusive – but it might be a good idea to get in touch with our team for a comprehensive exam and professional diagnosis.

2. Itching that gets worse at night

Eczema rashes can itch fiercely, especially overnight. You’re most likely to see eczema rashes around your wrists or ankles, or in the interior of your elbow and knee joints. 

In contrast, you’re more likely to see red psoriasis lesions in the folds of your skin. And, psoriasis rashes don’t itch nearly as badly.

3. Brown-gray or red patches

You can learn more about the potential causes of your rash by looking at the color. Eczema rashes often have a brownish-gray or red tone. If you see white pustules, though, you’re more likely to be dealing with psoriasis.

4. Cracked, raw, or bleeding skin

Severe eczema and psoriasis flare-ups can result in painful damage to the affected area. If your rash is causing your skin to crack, become raw, or bleed, seek medical care to relieve your symptoms and prevent complications like infection.

Eczema is typically caused by allergies, asthma, and environmental triggers. The team at Regional Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Center can help with eczema in children and adults. Depending on your condition, you could benefit from common treatments for eczema like topical or oral corticosteroids, or from identifying and reducing exposure to your eczema triggers.

To learn if your rash could be eczema, and how you can get relief from symptoms of redness, itchiness, scaliness, and irritation, get in touch with Regional Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Center today. We start your diagnosis with a physical exam, then recommend an effective treatment strategy to help you get relief from eczema.

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