Eczema

Eczema

Eczema is a common condition that causes red, itchy, rough skin. It commonly appears in children but can develop at any age. Eczema is often long-lasting, causing periodic flare-ups sometimes triggered by hay fever, food allergy, or infections. See the specialists at the Allergy & Immunology Center at the first sign of a problem. Call the office to make an appointment or request one online today. Telemedicine appointments are available.
The common symptoms of eczema include:
  • Intense itching
  • Dry skin 
  • Small, raised bumps
  • Fluid-filled skin lesions
  • Crusting or flaky skin
  • Thickened, cracked skin
  • Brown, red, or gray skin patches
  • Sensitive, swollen, raw skin due to scratching
A little girl is getting ointment rubbed into her eczema

Your symptoms might come and go and range from mild to extremely severe. When left untreated, eczema may lead to chronically irritated skin and infections. Uncomfortable eczema symptoms can affect your ability to sleep well through the night.

A woman with eczema on her elbows

Your Eczema Questions, Answered

What are the risk factors for eczema?

 Anyone can develop eczema, but the common risk factors include:

  • Food allergies
  • Personal history of eczema
  • Family history of eczema
  • Having asthma, hay fever, or allergic rhinitis
How does my provider diagnose eczema?

To diagnose eczema and develop an effective treatment, Dr. Shilian reviews your personal and family medical histories and your symptoms, medications, and lifestyle. He checks your vital signs, completes a physical exam, and examines your skin. Dr. Shilian might also use patch testing or allergy skin testing as well as other diagnostic tests to identify the triggers.

How is eczema treated?

Standard treatments for eczema include:

Home remedies

Keep your skin moisturized as directed by Dr. Shilian. You might also use anti-itch creams. Avoid scratching your skin, and use mild soaps without perfumes or dyes. Take shorter showers or baths, and pinpoint and reduce triggers associated with your symptoms. Doing so helps reduce eczema flare-ups. Avoid harsh soaps and other skin irritants.

Medication

If your symptoms do not improve with over-the-counter medications, prescription medications can be used to soothe your skin and reduce future eczema flare-ups. You might take oral medications to control inflammation or receive injections.

Call the Allergy & Immunology Center or request an appointment online today to get relief from eczema.