Eczema makes your skin itchy, inflamed, and prone to cracks that put you at risk of infections. At Anna Chacon, MD, in Miami, Florida, board-certified dermatologist Anna Chacon, MD, FAAD, provides evaluations and treatment for eczema in person at her office and online with teledermatology in 49 states. To schedule your eczema treatment consultation, call Anna Chacon, MD, or book an appointment online today.
Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition characterized by red and itchy rashes. You shouldn’t scratch these rashes, no matter how itchy they get, because you can tear the skin. This leaves your skin prone to infections from bacteria and other pathogens that enter the cracks.
You get eczema because, if you have the condition, your skin is missing its natural protective moisture barrier. This leaves your skin more prone to irritation from chemicals, allergens, and other irritants that aggravate it. Eczema affects individuals of all ages and often starts when you’re a baby or small child.
Eczema symptoms are pretty unmistakable, but you should seek an expert diagnosis to make sure they’re not from some other condition that requires a different approach to treatment. The symptoms vary from person to person and can appear in different areas. Generally, they include:
The itching and irritation from eczema can be highly impactful to your wellbeing. It can affect your sleep and ability to concentrate. If eczema is severe enough to be disruptive or shows signs of an infection, it’s time to book a dermatological evaluation.
Many people find that their eczema goes into remission or doesn’t come back for a very long time. However, if your eczema continues to cause symptoms or flares up often, home management may not be enough.
There is a range of topical products like gels, creams, and ointments formulated to manage eczema. Some control itching and inflammation, while others help repair cracks in the skin or fight infection.
If your eczema doesn’t improve with topical treatments, Dr. Chacon might recommend light therapy or wet dressings. Light therapy works by exposing your skin to small amounts of ultraviolet (UV) light either alone or with other treatments. It’s safe in moderation.
Outside of a clinical setting, you can manage your eczema by moisturizing your skin twice a day, using gentle skin care products, and finding a healthy outlet for your stress and anxiety.
If you have symptoms of eczema and need a professional evaluation, call Anna Chacon, MD, or book an appointment online today.