Do you have itchy, dry, scaly skin? If so, reach out to Midwest Allergy Sinus Asthma, SC, with locations in Normal and Springfield, Illinois. You might have eczema. Eczema is an irritating and painful condition that can make you feel isolated. Don’t let eczema rule your life. For solutions, call Midwest Allergy Sinus Asthma or use the online booking tool today.
Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a condition that causes your skin to become red and itchy. Its flare-ups may or may not include asthma or hay fever. Common symptoms of atopic dermatitis include:
In addition, if you scratch your skin, it will likely become swollen, sensitive, and raw.
Eczema is most often caused by a variation in the gene that helps your skin retain its moisture and block out allergens, irritants, and bacteria. When your skin doesn’t have proper moisture retention and protection, you’re vulnerable to environmental irritants and allergens.
Most often, eczema first appears in children under the age of five. This type of eczema is known as infantile eczema or baby eczema. Infantile eczema causes rashes, redness, and scaly, dry skin.
Sometimes, eczema is a food allergy reaction. Winter-itch is a type of eczema that flares up in the winter when air is especially dry.
Depending on your symptoms, age, and the severity of your eczema, there are a number of eczema treatments available to you. These include:
The practice may prescribe you a steroid cream, like hydrocortisone, to quickly reduce inflammation and relieve itching. Steroid creams come in a variety of different strengths.
Nonsteroid creams, like the NSAID ointment crisaborole, treat mild to moderate eczema by reducing inflammation.
If your eczema is caused by allergies, you may benefit from a round of allergy shots. Allergy shots contain a small dose that which you’re allergic to in order to help reduce or eliminate your reaction. This treatment is a type of immunotherapy.
Clinical research has yielded an option for severe eczema sufferers: Biological, or biologic, medications. These newer, injectable anti-inflammatory medications might be a good choice for you if you haven’t responded to other treatments.
At home, you can treat your eczema by:
It’s also very important that you don’t scratch your eczema.
Are you ready to find a solution for your eczema? Call or book an appointment online with Midwest Allergy Sinus Asthma today.