Eczema 101

Do you get frequent rashes or have dry itchy skin? You may have eczema. Keep reading to learn more.

What is eczema?
Eczema refers to a variety of skin problems that cause chronic rashes, dryness, redness, and itchiness. Eczema is quite common and affects both children and adults. Flare-ups can occur all over the body, but it is particularly common to get rashes around the wrists, elbows, and knees.

What triggers rashes?
Eczema can be triggered by exposure to extreme temperatures, household cleaners, food allergies, pollen, pet dander, certain kinds of soaps, laundry detergent, stress, other illnesses, contact with coarse material, and more.

What should you do to avoid rashes?
If you think you may have eczema, you should visit a dermatologist to learn about treatment options. In some cases avoiding certain foods, using special ointments, or taking antihistamines may help. Your dermatologist can help you decide on a treatment plan.

In addition to following the advice of your dermatologist, the following things may help you avoid flare-ups:
• Avoid wearing clothing made of coarse material like wool.
• Keep track of when you get rashes. Do you get them after a workout when you’ve been sweaty? Do rashes show up when you are outside in cold temperatures? Does your skin get blotchy after you eat dairy products? Keeping track of rashes may help you find your particular triggers.
• Avoid using scented soap or other hygiene products. Consider looking for detergent and body wash that is made for sensitive skin.
• Avoid spending time in extreme temperatures whether they are hot or cold and take special care to avoid getting sunburned.
• Use unscented lotion to keep your skin moisturized.
• Get tested for food allergies and environmental allergies.
• Vacuum your home regularly to keep it free of dust and pet dander. It may also help to invest in an air filter.
• Work to reduce your stress levels by managing your time well, exercising regularly, and spending time doing things you enjoy.

If you’d like to learn more about eczema and available treatments, schedule a consultation at the Advanced Laser & Skin Cancer Center.

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