Eczema comes and goes, but when the skin condition flares up, most people have intense itching and unattractive skin rashes. If you or your child develop eczema, Edwin Schulhafer, MD, at Allergy Asthma & Sinus Center can help. Dr. Schulhafer has years of experience effectively treating eczema. He can help you heal the skin and get relief from symptoms. If you need help with a skin rash, call the office in Hillsborough Township or Annandale, New Jersey, or book an appointment online today.
Eczema is frequently called atopic dermatitis. However, eczema is a general term referring to several chronic inflammatory skin conditions, including:
Though the underlying cause varies in each type, all types of eczema result in damage to the skin's natural barrier. As a result, inflammation, dry skin, and rashes develop.
Atopic dermatitis, the most common type of eczema, begins during childhood, usually in the first six months after birth. The condition may improve with age, but many have chronic eczema that comes and goes throughout adulthood.
Eczema often causes intense itching. In addition to the itching, you may have one or more of the following symptoms:
The severe itching causes scratching, and repeated scratching leads to more skin damage and inflammation. Without treatment, this creates an ongoing cycle of skin problems.
Eczema flares up in response to many possible triggers. A few examples include:
Dry skin often causes an eczema flare-up. Eczema is sometimes related to foods, which can be tested by prick testing.
Though your Allergy Asthma & Sinus Center provider personalizes your eczema treatment to meet your unique needs, certain therapies are important for everyone with this skin condition. Your treatment may include:
Protecting the skin barrier is absolutely essential. The skin barrier, the outermost layer of your skin, forms a watertight seal that holds moisture in and keeps bacteria and other irritants out.
Once the barrier is damaged, eczema flares up. Your provider teaches you how to care for your skin and recommends gentle skincare products that won't irritate the barrier.
If your eczema flares up in response to allergies, your provider does allergy testing and treatment. Sometimes, immunotherapy (allergy shots) can help improve eczema.
You may need medications such as corticosteroids and immunosuppressants to relieve symptoms and prevent eczema outbreaks. In severe cases, your provider may prescribe monoclonal antibodies, such as Dupixent® or Adbry™. These innovative medications prevent inflammation and cellular reactions leading to eczema.
If your itchy rash doesn't improve, call Allergy Asthma & Sinus Center or book an appointment online today.