Eczema in Stuart, FL

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What is Eczema?

Eczema is a term for a series of skin conditions that are caused by various allergic reactions or sometimes from the body's reaction to an immune system deficiency. The result may cause redness of the skin, discoloration, and itchy patches similar to dermatitis. Oftentimes, the inflammation itself is merely dermatitis. This can occur anywhere on your body, including the hands, neck, face, or other regions. Atopic dermatitis is the most common type and is usually the consequence of an allergic response. This condition normally starts in childhood. At Spyglass Dermatology in Stuart, FL, Dr. Ryan A. Schuering will strive to diagnose exactly what is causing the irritation so that a precise treatment program can be produced and completed.

What causes Eczema?

The medical community is not entirely certain what causes eczema, though it's thought to be brought on by several factors. Immune system abnormalities, genetics, the environment, skin irritants, and skin barrier defects are among the most common causes. Family history plays a significant role because specific genes may cause individuals to have really sensitive skin. A patient with relatives who suffer from asthma or allergies can have an increased risk of developing skin conditions like eczema.

What are the symptoms of Eczema?

This condition is frequently characterized by red, itchy, dry skin in addition to persistent breakouts. In most cases, the skin will start to feel itchy before a rash shows up. Many patients encounter patches of skin that are chronically itchy, dry, or thickened. These patches can appear anywhere but largely happen in the face, neck, chest, legs, or hands. With kids, spots can appear on the inner creases of their knees and elbows. Once your skin is scratched, dry spots and open sores with crust could develop and can become infected. Severe symptoms could include pus-filled blisters or even a yellow to light brown crust developing over existing eczema patches, which might be a sign of a fungal infection.

How Does Eczema Treatment Work?

Eczema can be treated with a variety of over-the-counter or prescribed medications and ointments. Hydrocortisone ointments and creams can be used in addition to antihistamines, like Benadryl, to help relieve symptoms. Prescription medications like immunomodulators or steroid creams can assist those with severe eczema. A corticosteroid or oral steroid might also be prescribed. In severe conditions, ultraviolet light therapy or laser treatment may also be applied to the affected regions. When other solutions have failed, immunosuppressants may be prescribed since these medications suppress the immune system.

Eliminate Eczema

If you have dealt with eczema for years with very little relief or have just recently noticed an itchy rash and a change to your skin, there are many treatment solutions available. Implementing a multi-step treatment plan which includes detection, prevention, and therapy enables you to not just manage your condition, but also notice a significant decline in symptoms. Seek relief for your eczema-related symptoms today at Spyglass Dermatology by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Schuering at our facility in Stuart, FL.

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