Cosmetic Dermatology & General & Surgical Dermatology located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Eczema is an umbrella term for a range of skin conditions that can be itchy, painful, and often downright miserable. The good news is that eczema is also very manageable with the help of a qualified dermatologist. Matthew Zarraga, DO and Khongruk Wongkittiroch, DO, at Z-ROC Dermatology in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, fully understand how difficult eczema can be, and they’re ready to help you live your best life free from the condition. Book online or call the office to arrange your appointment today.
Eczema Q & A
What is eczema?
Eczema is a range of conditions that cause skin problems such as:
Eczema can develop virtually anywhere on your body, but it's most common behind your knees, inside your elbows, and between your fingers. In infants, eczema usually occurs on the face.
Eczema most commonly occurs during childhood, and most children who develop eczema will outgrow it by the time they reach their teenage years. In some cases, however, eczema symptoms continue into adulthood.
It's quite common for eczema sufferers to also have asthma and allergic reactions.
How can I manage my eczema at home?
There are many potential triggers for eczema outbreaks. Some common triggers can include exposure to chemical-laden detergents, hot weather, sweating heavily, and wearing rough fabrics. To identify your specific eczema triggers, keep track of your flare-ups and the circumstances surrounding them. This might allow you to reduce some flare-ups naturally.
If you make an effort to protect your skin, you may be able to control your eczema symptoms at home. This starts with the diligent and liberal use of a high-quality moisturizer. It's also helpful to bathe less frequently — every other day, for instance.
Sometimes, however, you need more help to control your eczema symptoms, and your Z-ROC Dermatology doctor can prescribe treatments based on your unique needs.
How is eczema treated?
Eczema treatment at Z-ROC Dermatology depends on your symptoms and may include:
- Topical corticosteroid creams
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory creams
- Oral biologic medications
- Light therapy
- Emollient moisturizers
Your dermatologist will start with the most conservative treatment first. This includes topical creams and moisturizers that you apply at home. If creams and emollient moisturizers can’t control your eczema, you may try light therapy or medications.
In light therapy, your dermatologist exposes eczema flare-ups to controlled UVB light. Light therapy fights bacteria, reduces itchiness, and soothes inflammation.
Biologic medications are derived from living organisms, and they prevent your body’s cells from launching an attack on themselves. This, in turn, prevents the inflammation and other symptoms of eczema.
Edgy about your eczema flares? The Z-ROC Dermatology team is here to help you break free from eczema. Call or book an appointment online today.
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