Eczema in Houston, TX

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What is Eczema?

Extreme cases of eczema are difficult to manage on your own and may need the guidance of an experienced dermatologist to soothe the inflammation it causes. Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a longer-lasting skin rash (similar to dermatitis) that can cause the skin to become itchy and red. Children commonly have bouts of eczema (because of allergies), but it can also happen at any time to adults anywhere on the body. At Advanced Dermatology in Katy, League City, Pearland, and Sugar Land, TX, our experienced practitioners strive to provide you with the highest quality treatments, medical resources, and more to help you manage your eczema in any stage.

What causes eczema?

Triggered by your weakened immune system or exposure to a skin irritant in your environment, eczema can develop for many reasons. There is no direct cause of eczema. We do know that if you have someone in your family who is sensitive to eczema outbreaks, you may be too. Also, if you have asthma or allergies — you are at a higher risk for eczema episodes.

What are the Symptoms of Eczema?

Itchy, red skin that feels dry and swollen to the touch are common characteristics of eczema. Chronic eczema endurers may even have patches of thickened skin where eczema has made its mark. Showing up on the face, neck, hands, or legs, eczema looks like dry patches of skin with open sores that may crust over. Advanced eczema can have pus-filled blisters and/or a yellow to brown colored crust, which may be a symptom of a bacterial infection.

How is Eczema Diagnosed?

There is no specific test for eczema, so a diagnosis is typically based on a physical examination and discussion of your medical history. Your dermatologist may also perform a skin biopsy to rule out other conditions with similar symptoms. It is important to keep track of when flare-ups occur and any potential triggers for your eczema, as this can help inform treatment decisions in the future. At Advanced Dermatology, our experienced practitioners can accurately diagnose and manage your eczema to help you achieve relief from uncomfortable symptoms.

How is eczema treated?

If over-the-counter products no longer have an effect on your eczema, it may be time to seek treatment at Advanced Dermatology. We offer oral medications and topical therapies, such as:

  • Antihistamines (like Benadryl)
  • Corticosteroids
  • Immunomodulators
  • Oral steroid
  • Prescription-strength hydrocortisone cream
  • Steroid cream
  • Light therapy
  • Laser therapy

You may need to try one or all of these interventions to find your appropriate treatment for the symptoms of eczema. This does not cure eczema, but these options can make living with it more comfortable.

Eczema FAQ

Is there a cure for eczema?
Eczema is an ongoing ailment that will not usually resolve on its own. At Advanced Dermatology, our practitioners offer the leading treatments for eczema, and can provide the best regimen for your concerns. With established and consistent treatment, eczema and its signs can be diminished within several weeks.

Is eczema spreadable?
No, eczema can't be transmitted from person to person. But, if you have the condition in one portion of your body, it can impact additional areas. So it is important to seek therapies without delay in order to keep it from spreading to other sections of your body.

What causes eczema to persist?
Distress and worry may cause an eczema outbreak. It is common for stress and anxiety alike to produce an irritating response in the body, leading to eczema. Other standard eczema reasons include cleaning agents (like detergents and soaps), environmental allergens, winter weather, and some clothing materials.

Ease Your Itchy Eczema

Whether you have lived with eczema skin for years with little to no relief or have just recently noticed it, there are ways to manage it. Employing a multi-level treatment approach that includes prevention, detection, and treatment allows you to not only ease your eczema but it also significantly decreases the impact of the rash. Seek relief from your eczema-related symptoms today at Advanced Dermatology in Katy, League City, Pearland, and Sugar Land, TX.

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