Also, the impact it has on your quality of life and your peace of mind is just as damaging. This skin disorder can be hard to hide and affect the way you feel about yourself. Getting treatment can ease the symptoms and help you cope with the problem better, reducing breakouts. And that’s exactly what Dr. Kia and the team at Allergy and Skin Spa can help you do.

WHAT IS ECZEMA?

This skin problem is brought on by environmental as well as genetic factors. It causes skin swelling in a variety of forms. Rashes and dryness can crop up everywhere, from your face to the area behind your knees, the inside of your elbows, and also on your hands and feet. These rashes can be intensely itchy, but scratching only makes things worse. The skin at the site can turn red and swell up further, aggravating your condition. Eczema spares no one – this condition affects infants, children, and adults alike.

Eczema can take many different forms – the most common of which is atopic dermatitis. You may also have contact dermatitis, nummular eczema, stasis dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis or dyshidrotic eczema. Your doctor will discuss these with you, should any of those be the ones affecting you.

SPOTTING SYMPTOMS OF ECZEMA

So, how do you know if you have eczema?

If you experience any of these symptoms, the chances are that eczema could be the reason:

  • Itchy and dry thickened skin (usually on the face, neck, hands, legs or creases of the elbow or knee)
  • Open sores or crusts from scratching the skin
  • Infected sores

However, the only surefire way to confirm that eczema is responsible for your symptoms is to visit a qualified specialist who can confirm the diagnosis.

SPOTTING SYMPTOMS OF ECZEMA

So, how do you know if you have eczema?

If you experience any of these symptoms, the chances are that eczema could be the reason:

  • Itchy and dry thickened skin (usually on the face, neck, hands, legs or creases of the elbow or knee)
  • Open sores or crusts from scratching the skin
  • Infected sores

However, the only surefire way to confirm that eczema is responsible for your symptoms is to visit a qualified dermatologist or specialist who can confirm the diagnosis.

ECZEMA AFFECTS INFANTS, CHILDREN, AND ADULTS

Children and babies tend to have the swelling, dryness or rashes crop up on their cheeks and chin on the face, though they may also have the problem anywhere on the body. Many children outgrow this, but some carry it into adulthood, dealing with a lifelong battle with eczema.

If you do wind up with eczema as an adult, do know that it could well be a long-lasting condition. You may have good spells and bad ones, but knowing how to get through each flare-up can make all the difference. In fact, your doctor, especially if he/she is an immunologist or allergy specialist, might be able to work out a care plan to ensure you reduce the risk of such flare-ups happening at all. So, while you may not always be able to completely rid yourself of eczema, you’ll be able to function normally without a lingering fear of breaking out.

MORE THAN JUST A SKIN PROBLEM

While you might think of eczema as just a skin disorder, it does have far-reaching implications on a patient’s mental and emotional well being as well. Feeling different because of the appearance of very visible symptoms can cause a person to withdraw from the society or find their confidence waning. Though it isn’t contagious, the dry red skin can cause people to keep their distance. If that sounds all too familiar, know this – getting the expert advice of a qualified professional like Dr. Kia can make all the difference.

GET DIAGNOSED, RECLAIM YOUR LIFE!

Once diagnosed, eczema is dealt with some simple, painless treatments. Your doctor may use a combination of topical steroid creams, light therapy (phototherapy), as well as some oral medication. Immunosuppressants, biologic drugs, as well as over-the-counter (OTC) remedies may be used. No painful tests, needles or injections are involved. So, there’s little reason to stop you from seeing a doctor at the earliest. In fact, with the relief you will get from your symptoms after the treatment begins, you might wonder why you didn’t do this earlier.

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PREVENTING ECZEMA FLARE-UPS

As anyone who’s lived with eczema will tell you, what is most important is knowing your triggers so you can prevent the flare-ups. For some people, it could be pollen in the air; for others, stress might be a trigger; for others, it could be a cream or perfume they use.

Also, work out a bath and moisturizing routine that you can follow every single day. Your doctor will help you plan which lotions, soaps, and fabrics are less likely to cause a problem. This is important to prevent infection, dryness, and flare-ups which can worsen the condition.

Once your doctor prescribes a care regimen and medication, stick to it!

Dr. Kia is committed to giving his patients the highest quality care. With the latest techniques combined with his experience, you’ll benefit from the best possible care and treatment for eczema.