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Do you suffer from itchy, irritated skin and flakey patches caused by eczema? You’re not the only one! Affecting over 30 million people each year in the United States, eczema is a chronic skin condition that can affect anyone of any age and causes discomfort to those plagued by it.
If you’re ready to learn more about eczema, its common symptoms, and treatment options, use the Cumberland Dermatology eczema guide below.
What is Eczema?
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition known for causing dry, itchy red patches on the skin. In the more extreme cases of eczema, it can result in rough, dry patches covering the majority of the body, which can cause debilitating irritation and discomfort.
Eczema is characterized by dry, flakey, or scaly patches of skin that may be red or brown colored. Additionally, eczema may present itself in raised bumps that leak fluid when scratched.
Eczema can show up anywhere on the body but is most commonly found on the:
- Inside the elbow
- Behind the knees
- Scalp and hairline
Furthermore, eczema can sometimes cause long-term complications when left untreated. This is why it’s important to visit a board-certified dermatologist for a suitable treatment plan that mitigates symptoms and calms flare-ups.
While there’s no exact way to prevent an eczema flare-up, there are certain steps you can take and lifestyle changes you can make to mitigate symptoms and reduce the chances of a flare-up. View this blog on warding off eczema flare-ups in the winter to learn more.
No, eczema is not contagious. While the exact cause behind eczema is unknown, it’s thought to be a hereditary condition that develops during childhood.
Yes, eczema patches are usually itchy and cause much discomfort. To help reduce itchiness, wear and use soothing materials (for instance, avoid itchy wool), moisturize regularly, avoid hot water, and protect your skin from harsh winds.
Currently, there is no cure for eczema. However, there are certain steps you can take to reduce flare-ups and alleviate symptoms to minimize discomfort. At Cumberland Dermatology, our board-certified dermatologists are experts in helping our patients better manage their eczema with an effective treatment plan.