October is Eczema Awareness Month. During Eczema Awareness Month, events are held throughout the country to educate the general public about the chronic skin disorder eczema, which impacts millions of Americans. Symptoms of the condition vary, but usually include dry, red, itchy patches on the skin. Eczema can appear anywhere on the body, but usually occurs on the insides of the arms or behind the knees.
While the exact cause of eczema in unknown, there are a number of triggers which may contribute to an eczema outbreak, or flare-up. Avoiding triggers is the best way for a patient to reduce their chances of an eczema flare-up. Common triggers include:
It’s important for patients with eczema to avoid scratching their rashes, since scratching can lead to an infection that will require antibiotics. Treatment options for eczema include:
While there is no cure for eczema, effective management of the condition will improve the appearance of the patient’s skin, and enhance their overall quality of life.
If you have eczema, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Gangaram Ragi today at Advanced Laser and Skin Cancer Center. Our office is located in Teaneck, New Jersey, and we can be reached at 201.836.9696.