Do you have eczema? Many people mistake their dry or red skin for eczema, but the only way to get a true diagnosis for eczema is to see a dermatologist. There are various forms of eczema, including atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, nummular eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and dyshidrotic eczema. Most forms of eczema are defined by an extreme itchiness that plagues the sufferer. Research shows that eczema is generally a genetic condition, affecting both children and adults alike. There is no definitive cause for eczema, but it is linked to the immune system dysfunction and a breakdown of the barrier cells on the skin. The itch-scratch-rash cycle that comes with eczema will worsen your condition. The sooner you seek out treatment, the better off your skin will be.
Many people with eczema will purchase over the counter (OTC) creams, lotions and ointments to treat their skin. Some of these medications may contain allergenic or irritating ingredients that will exacerbate the eczema. For this reason, it’s imperative to consult with a dermatologist prior to using any products on your skin. At Schweiger Dermatology, we specialize in the medical treatment of eczema and will devise a skincare regimen that will safely treat your eczema. Our effective eczema medications include topical steroids, topical immunomudulators, antibiotics, antifungal and anti-inflammatory drugs.