Are you frustrated with the presence of dry skin? Do you worry that no amount of moisturizer is enough to control your experiences? Eczema is a chronic skin condition that results in patches of extremely itchy or irritated skin. Learn more about the condition during a consultation with us at Nunnally Dermatology in Baton Rouge, LA!
What Is Eczema?
Eczema is a skin condition that causes patches of dry, flaky, itchy skin. There are different forms of this condition, but the most common is atopic dermatitis. It manifests itself differently for each pearson, but most commonly affected areas of the body include:
Common symptoms of eczema include:
- Chronic, severe itching
- Cracked or thickened scalp
- Dry skin
- Raised red bumps on the skin
- Red to brownish patches of skin
- Sensitive skin caused by itching or scratching
This condition may look different for each person and specific area of the body.
What Influences this Skin Condition?
The presence of eczema may be caused by a range of factors. It is most likely the result of aging, allergies, or genetics, but it may also be caused by environmental factors. Those who live in cities or are exposed to heavy pollution may experience the condition.
Eczema may not necessarily always be present on the skin, but it may flare up. Common triggers of flare ups include:
- Cough or cold symptoms
- Flu symptoms
- Pet dander
Avoiding these triggers may help prevent or reduce the risk of a flare up. Other steps to help prevent flare ups include:
- Choosing mild soaps and gentle cleaning products
- Drying yourself carefully and fully after bathing
- Moisturizing skin at least twice a day
- Taking short baths or showers
It is important to keep in mind each person experiences eczema differently, so irritants will vary.
When Should I Seek Medical Care?
Although it may impact people of any age, many experience the condition in adolescence and outgrow the condition. It is important to keep in mind that eczema is not a condition that can be cured. However, with the help of some lifestyle choices and certain medications, the condition may be manageable.
A consultation with a dermatologist, such as Dr. Nunnally, can help you best understand this condition. She may be able to recommend treatment options such as oral antibiotics, topical steroid medications, or antihistamines. Results will vary for each person and treatment.
Schedule Your Consultation in Baton Rouge!
Concerned your dry skin may be something more? Contact us today at Nunnally Dermatology and schedule your consultation to learn more about eczema and available treatment options. Dr. Donna Nunnally and her professional staff proudly serve you from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Learn more about your skin and how to best care for it today!