Regional Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Center
Allergy and Immunology & Allergy & Asthma located in Kingsport, TN & Johnson City, TN
More than 30 million Americans have some type of eczema, a common skin disorder. If you’re one of them, the expert allergy and immunology team at Regional Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Center with locations in Kingsport and Johnson City, Tennessee; and Abingdon, Virginia, are highly experienced in helping adults and children find relief from itchy eczema symptoms. Call or request an appointment online.
What is eczema?
Eczema is red, inflamed, itchy skin. Although this word is often used to mean atopic dermatitis, there are other types of eczema. All types of eczema cause itching and redness, and it’s possible to have more than one type at the same time. Some forms of eczema can cause your skin to blister and peel.
Two of the most common forms of eczema is atopic dermatitis and contact dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is chronic and usually begins during childhood. Like psoriasis and a variety of other skin conditions, atopic dermatitis goes through flare-ups and periods of improvement.
Atopic dermatitis symptoms are typically:
- Dry, scaly, itchy skin all over
- Red skin or a rash on the cheeks, in the folds of the arms, or behind the knees
- Cracks behind the ears
- Open, crusted sores often due to scratching
Contact dermatitis occurs when your skin comes in contact with a substance that irritates your skin or causes an allergic reaction. It’s usually where your body comes in contact with the allergen. Most people get contact dermatitis from things like:
- Chemicals and solvents
- Fabric detergents and bleach
- Nickel in jewelry, buttons, accessories
- Soaps and skincare products with fragrances
What are the complications associated with eczema?
Several other health complications are often associated with eczema, including asthma, hay fever, skin infections, and poor sleep as a result of excessive scratching.
The team evaluates your eczema symptoms to determine which type you have and identify any other associated health problems. She prescribes appropriate treatment options and may recommend specific changes to your skincare regimen so that you can get long-lasting relief.
Medications may also include:
- Topical corticosteroids
- Topical calcineurin inhibitors
- Oral antihistamines
- Antiviral medications
- Antifungal medications
Is there any way to prevent eczema?
You may be able to prevent eczema flare-ups or minimize dry skin by:
- Moisturizing your skin at least twice a day, especially after any washing
- Identifying and avoiding triggers that cause flare-ups
- Taking warm baths or showers instead of using hot water
- Using mild cleansers without harsh ingredients
- Patting yourself dry after showering and applying moisturizer immediately over damp skin
If you or your loved ones have been living with the irritating symptoms of eczema, make an appointment with Regional Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Center before the condition gets worse. You may need prescription-strength medications to alleviate certain symptoms and reduce the chance of flare-ups.