Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is an itchy, red skin rash that can appear anywhere on the body but is most often found on the face or wrists, behind the knees or ears, and at the bends of the elbow. Over 30 million Americans have some form of atopic dermatitis, and the rash is often associated with asthma, hay fever, or food allergies. However, it can also be triggered by stress, skin irritants, indoor or outdoor allergens, and the environment.
If you are suffering from eczema, schedule an appointment by calling 478-787-4728.
Langford Allergy diagnoses and treats children and adults with atopic dermatitis. At your appointment, Dr. Langford will determine the best course of treatment. Although there is no cure for eczema, over-the-counter or prescription ointments and medications excellently manage flair-ups. A few of your treatment options include:
- Hydrocortisone or prescription-strength steroid cream
- Oral antihistamines
- Oral corticosteroids
- Oral immunosuppressants
- Prescription-strength moisturizers
Dr. Langford will educate you on when and how often to use your treatments. Remember, it is spread through scratching, so no matter what your treatment plan is, it is important not to scratch your rash.
Eczema can be different for each person, however certain symptoms are common:
- Dry, sensitive skin
- Red, inflamed skin
- Recurring rash
- Scaly patches
- Rough patches
- Oozing or crusting
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment at Langford Allergy to begin treatment.
Although eczema resembles an allergy, no one knows exactly what causes it. However, if any of your family members have this skin rash, it is likely you inherited it. We may not fully understand the causes, but we do know that certain factors can trigger a flare-up:
- Soaps or cleaners with irritants such as perfumes or disinfectants
- Cigarette smoke
- Contact with juices from fruit, meat, or vegetables
- Indoor allergens such as dust mites, pets, and mold
- Certain viruses or bacteria
- Food allergies