Eczema or atopic dermatitis develops in one out of ten people, typically before the age of five. Eczema treatment will include avoidance of triggers and a comprehensive treatment plan. Each person with eczema has a unique combination of symptoms and triggers, so each requires individualized care.
The skin acts as your natural defense against the environment. It holds moisture, regulates your temperature, and keeps out irritants and toxins. People with eczema have genetic predispositions that make their skin more susceptible to environmental irritants and allergens. This condition causes dry, itchy skin that can become rough, irritated, and red.
Your ZENA Medical dermatologist will customize an eczema treatment plan that gives you relief. This plan begins with preventative and topical treatments, then moves on to other methods if those do not achieve the desired results.
Treating your skin gently to avoid irritation can help prevent flare-ups. Prevention includes regular moisturizing and avoiding your triggers. Triggers can include hot or cold temperatures, harsh or drying skincare products, stress, certain fabrics, and scented products like laundry detergent. Even if your eczema is under reasonable control, avoiding triggers will help prevent a new flare-up.
Topical treatments often include over-the-counter or prescription steroids. These should be used under the supervision of your dermatologist and only as often as recommended. Several other prescription products can improve the skin’s barrier and prevent irritation. Your dermatologist can test different topical products to find one that works for you.
The American Academy of Dermatology reports that several oral medications can make a dramatic difference for some people with eczema. These medications are not FDA-approved for eczema, but experienced dermatologists can prescribe them safely. Since oral medications can have more side effects, these may be used if other treatments do not work.
Light and laser therapy have been proven effective for treating eczema. Lasers use a targeted beam of light that can include UVB energy, the type most effective against eczema. Your dermatologist can use the laser anywhere your eczema bothers you, including your hands and feet.
We can find a treatment plan to reduce your symptoms if you have eczema. Some trial and error may be required, but over time your dermatologist will work with you to establish a plan you can follow and feel comfortable with.
After light or laser therapy, you may have some sun sensitivity, redness, or skin sensitivity. Your dermatologist can discuss the potential side effects of your topical or oral medications. Following your treatment plan and avoiding triggers will help keep your eczema well controlled.
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