Idaho Skin Institute
Dermatology & Cosmetic Dermatology located in Chubbuck, Burley, Rexburg & Twin Falls, ID
If you or a loved one is among the 30 million Americans living with eczema, you might be looking for relief. The team at Idaho Skin Institute in Chubbuck, Burley, Twin Falls and Rexburg, Idaho, can help you manage your eczema and avoid flare-ups. Just because eczema is common doesn’t mean you have to accept the symptoms as unavoidable. Schedule a consultation to meet with the team and learn about treatment options. Online scheduling is available, or you can contact the office by phone to book your visit.
Eczema Q & A
What is eczema?
Eczema is a term used to describe dermatitis, which means skin inflammation. There are multiple types of eczema, but the most common type is called atopic eczema.
Approximately 10-20% of infants develop eczema, but most will outgrow the condition before their tenth birthday. Around 3% of American adults and older children have eczema, and those who develop the condition later in life tend to experience symptoms at various times throughout the rest of their lives.
Doctors don’t know what causes eczema, but it’s believed a combination of genetic and environmental factors are to blame. The condition occurs when your immune system overreacts to a trigger.
An itchy rash is the primary sign of eczema, but additional signs and symptoms include:
- Dry skin
- Sensitive skin
- Dark areas of skin
- Swelling, crusting, or oozing skin
- Leathery or scaly skin texture
You might experience all or only some of these symptoms, and they will likely come and go over time. Your rash might be barely noticeable, or so itchy and uncomfortable you scratch the area until the skin is broken. That can lead to infection, which is one reason it’s so important to seek treatment.
What are some common eczema triggers?
Your triggers might differ from those of others, including family members. Some of the more common eczema triggers include:
- Excess sweating
- Pet saliva and dander
- Fruit juice
- Irritating or scratchy fabrics
- Certain cleaning products
Even a cold or the flu can trigger eczema. Knowing your triggers and taking steps to avoid them can reduce the number of eczema flare-ups you experience.
How is eczema treated?
Treatment focuses on easing itching and relieving your skin. You should find a good quality moisturizer and make a habit of moisturizing your skin daily.
Medications may play a role in treating eczema. Antihistamines can ease itching, and topical immunomodulators can help change the way your immune system responds to triggers. Ultraviolet light therapy can also be used to soothe outbreaks. Oral medication can help some men and women who don’t respond well to other treatment options.
If you’re tired of letting eczema dictate the course of your days and nights, schedule an appointment with Idaho Skin Institute by phone or online to begin a treatment path.