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Irritated and cracked skin that appears semi-regularly throughout your life may be from eczema, a chronic and inflammatory skin condition. While eczema can be itchy and put you at risk of skin infections, evidence-based treatments are available from the experienced team at Luminary Dermatology’s 10 offices across Florida and Oklahoma. Call the nearest location for an eczema treatment consultation or book an appointment online today.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a skin condition that dries out your skin while causing inflammation, itching, and irritation. 

If you have eczema, it means your skin’s natural moisture barrier is breached. A functional skin moisture barrier effectively keeps your skin well-hydrated while protecting it from irritating environmental factors, including chemicals and weather. 

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Eczema symptoms can change location and fluctuate throughout your life. You likely experience long periods without any symptoms too. When symptoms flare up, they may include:

  • Dry skin
  • Cracked skin
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Bumps
  • Swelling
  • Flaky skin
  • Rough or leathery skin

Symptoms like these can show up in a variety of areas. You might get them on your hands, neck, elbows, ankles, or knees. Because eczema symptoms look similar to other inflammatory skin conditions and rashes, it’s important to get a professional dermatology evaluation at Luminary Dermatology for the appropriate treatment. 

What are some common eczema triggers?

Over time, you might notice trends in when you experience eczema symptoms. Many cases of eczema flare up because of triggers that you touch or encounter in some way. Common eczema triggers include:

  • Dry weather
  • Certain soaps or detergents
  • Smoke or chemicals in the air
  • Allergens
  • Stress or strong emotions
  • Fabrics

Eczema is a condition that impacts your immune system. It commonly shows up alongside other conditions like allergies and asthma. 

How can I manage my eczema symptoms?

Even though there isn’t a cure for eczema, there are many strategies you can use to control your symptoms. Your dermatologist at Luminary Dermatology works closely with you to tailor your care plan according to your needs.

A comprehensive eczema care plan may involve multiple strategies, including home care, prescriptions, and therapies. Your eczema treatment plan might involve:

  • Identifying and avoiding triggers
  • Topical corticosteroids
  • Phototherapy
  • Immunosuppressants
  • Biologics
  • Bleach baths

You can also use over-the-counter products and medications to alleviate symptoms like itching. Lots of scratching can break the skin and put you at risk of infections, which may require antibiotics for treatment. 

Call Luminary Dermatology or schedule an appointment online to review your eczema treatment options today.