The Most Effective Eczema Treatment Options

The Most Effective Eczema Treatment Options

Also called atopic dermatitis, eczema is a relatively common skin condition that causes red, itchy rashes on various parts of the body. Many people suffer from eczema, however, as advancements in medical and dermatological research are made, individuals with atopic dermatitis may be able to get lasting relief. Read on to learn more about this common allergic skin disease and how to treat it. 

What is Eczema?

Eczema is a skin condition that most typically appears in early childhood and can be caused by a number of factors. Recently, however, scientists have hypothesized that atopic dermatitis is rooted in genetic predisposition. “Leaky skin” or a porous skin barrier, causes moisture loss creating itchy, dry skin. 

Half of all eczema patients also suffer from other allergies, including hay fever and asthma. They also may be more prone to food allergies, which can incite an eczema flare-up. 

Atopic dermatitis can affect anyone, however, a greater percentage of children suffer from this skin disease – nearly 10 – 20% of all children. Only 1-3% of adults have this chronic skin condition and have found that avoiding certain allergens can drastically reduce flare-ups. 

Risks and Symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis

While eczema isn’t necessarily life-threatening it can drastically impact everyday life. Atopic eczema not only causes discomfort and itchiness on various parts of the body – including the scalp, elbows, and knees – but can rub against clothing, active gear, and more, making it difficult to participate in certain workplace or fitness activities. 

Itching the rash is hard not to do, especially for young children dealing with atopic dermatitis. Finding the right antihistamine for a child suffering from eczema may take time and, in the interim, the child may succumb to severely itchy skin. Scratching can cause open wounds, leaving that individual at a higher risk for skin infections, red marks, and scarring. 

Some people may develop scaly skin where eczema breakouts last for long periods of time or where they have itched repeatedly. For some, an eczema breakout is unsightly and embarrassing, affecting an individual’s mental health. During a severe eczema break out, one may be inclined to stay inside, cancel plans, and call out of work. 

Eczema Symptoms

The most common symptom of eczema is a red, blotchy rash that can appear anywhere on the body but most commonly crops up on the scalp, knees, elbows, and skin folds. This rash spurs extreme itchiness, leading to painful red scratch marks and occasionally open wounds. 

Depending on one’s allergies, hives and welts may appear after ingesting certain foods or drinks. Having eczema makes this allergic reaction worse yet sensitivity to allergens may change over time. 

One should consult a dermatologist at the first sign of eczema. Prolonged flare-ups without treatment can cause undue pain and suffering, increase the likelihood of developing scaly skin or lead to the creation of scars from rubbing and itching. 

Treatment Options and Long Term Effects

Fortunately, there are plenty of treatments for eczema. From at-home remedies to medical options that attack the source of the rash, there are ample ways to find relief from severe eczema and itchy skin. 

Home Treatment Options

Consult with a Dermatologist

Doctors can help patients deal with chronic eczema via a number of prescription medications and over-the-counter effective treatments. These include:

One could potentially live with eczema forever, depending on the severity of the condition. However, itchiness and flare-ups usually tend to increase in severity, causing the individual to seek medical treatment. 

People respond to treatment differently and it may take trial and error to figure out which option works best for you. Certain home treatments can help alleviate itching right away while other medical treatments, like corticosteroid creams and topical treatments, may take a few weeks to reach their peak effectiveness. 

Be Proactive and Visit our Dermatology Offices 

Instead of living with painful, irritating symptoms of eczema, take action, and schedule an appointment with an Orlando dermatologist. These highly-trained specialists, like Dr. Naveed Sami, work with patients to understand their complete medical history and create a healthcare plan accordingly. 

It’s crucial to recognize eczema symptoms early in order to avoid worse, long-term effects like scarring, infections, and mental health issues. Our skin is the body’s largest organ and protects us from a whole host of external factors. Maintaining a moisturized, healthy barrier is crucial to a higher quality of life. 

UCF Health provides ample eczema resources as well as COVID-19 updates for patients so that our community can stay happy, healthy, and informed. Take charge of your health care through our convenient patient portal and start on the path to better health and wellbeing.