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Eczema

Eczema services offered in Oviedo, Orlando, Lake Mary and Casselberry, FL

Eczema

Eczema is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition defined by agonizing symptoms like severe itching and an unsightly, painful rash. You can regain a better quality of life with advanced treatment from the board-certified dermatologists at Orlando Dermatology Center. With their guidance and comprehensive care, your skin heals and you can slow or stop future flare-ups. Call the office in Oviedo, Lake Mary, or Orlando, Florida, today, or request an appointment online to get exceptional care for eczema.

Eczema Q&A

Is there a difference between eczema and atopic dermatitis?

You’re not alone if you’re confused about eczema because the term has different meanings. Eczema is often used to mean the same thing as atopic dermatitis.

However, eczema is also an umbrella name that includes other types of eczema, such as:

  • Contact dermatitis
  • Dyshidrotic eczema
  • Neurodermatitis
  • Nummular eczema
  • Seborrheic dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is the most common type of eczema.

Why would I get eczema?

Eczema may appear during a baby’s first six months or not develop until adulthood. Most experts believe that eczema begins with genetic changes that weaken the skin’s natural protective barrier. Without a strong barrier, your skin is vulnerable to irritating substances that cause inflammation and rashes.

How will I know if I have eczema?

Eczema is known for causing intense itching. Along with itching, you develop skin symptoms, such as:

  • Red, inflamed skin
  • Raw, sensitive skin
  • Small, red bumps (rash)
  • Scaly, dry skin
  • Blisters that ooze and crust over
  • Thickened, discolored skin

In addition to making you uncomfortable, itching leads to scratching and scratching damages your skin, which causes more inflammation and skin problems.

What if my eczema comes and goes?

Eczema usually comes and goes, with symptoms flaring when your skin is exposed to a trigger. You could have one of many possible triggers, including:

  • Allergies
  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Certain foods
  • Soap
  • Hot water
  • Skin care products
  • Antibacterial ointments

Dry skin is another common trigger, making skin care one of the most important parts of your eczema treatment.

What treatments relieve eczema?

The expert team at Orlando Dermatology Center personalizes your treatment based on the severity of your symptoms and the type of eczema. The essentials of successful eczema treatment include:

Skin care

Your provider teaches you how to prevent dry skin and protect and strengthen the skin barrier with gentle skin care.

Allergy treatment

If your provider determines that allergies trigger your eczema, treating the allergy can significantly reduce or stop future flare-ups.

Medications

Your provider may prescribe oral or topical medications that help relieve itching and reduce inflammation. They also specialize in today’s most advanced treatments for severe eczema, such as biologic medications that calm your immune system.

At any age, early treatment can control eczema and improve your quality of life. Call Orlando Dermatology Center or book online at the first sign of eczema symptoms.