Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, causes inflamed, irritated, and often itchy skin. Eczema is a common condition and occurs in people of all ages, although the majority of cases are diagnosed in children.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I be treated for eczema?
See your dermatologist if you think you or your child may be suffering from eczema. Treatment is often conducted in phases, first to control discomfort and then to treat the underlying causes: Dry skin, itching, and inflammation. Your treatment may include a combination of in-office treatments, topical medications, skin care products, and lifestyle changes. Over time, eczema symptoms may fade, and the development of new lesions usually slows. Two-thirds of children completely outgrow eczema.
Is there anything I can do to facilitate the treatment process and improve my outcome?
Good skin care practices can go a long way. Apply lotion after bathing and avoid skin irritants and allergens. Also consider controlling your stress levels, which may contribute to flare-ups.
You can learn more about eczema from the National Eczema Association.