What is Eczema?
Eczema, often called atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition caused by different allergic reactions, often as a result of an immune system problem. Signs of eczema include skin redness, discoloration, dry skin, bumpy rashes, and rough, itchy patches. Flare-ups tend to happen periodically and can occur anywhere on the body, including the hands, face, neck, elbows, wrists, feet, and ankles. Eczema can feel uncomfortable and itchy and often worsens at night when trying to sleep. The skin condition can occur at any age, but it often begins in infancy. At Lawrence Family Practice Center in Lawrence, KS, our skilled physicians diagnose eczema and offer high-quality treatments to help prevent flare-ups. Schedule an appointment at our office today.
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Eczema Diagnosis and Treatment
Specialists are not entirely sure what triggers eczema, but it's believed to be brought on by genetics, the environment, immune system issues, skin barrier defects, and air irritants. At Lawrence Family Practice Center, our doctors treat eczema with a variety of solutions based on the needs of the patient. Sometimes a hydrocortisone cream is prescribed to help reduce inflammation to control itching and prevent flare-ups. In more severe cases, corticosteroid pills or other oral medications are given. There are also many over-the-counter moisturizers that can be used to soothe the skin, along with antihistamines that can help relieve itching. Your doctor will discuss all available options and help you find the best treatment to provide eczema relief.
Relief for your skin
Whether you have suffered from eczema for years with very little relief or have just discovered an itchy rash that is bothering you, there are many treatment options available in Lawrence, KS. Implementing a multi-step treatment approach that includes prevention, detection, and treatment enables you to manage eczema and improve your symptoms. Seek help today by scheduling a visit to Lawrence Family Practice Center.