If you have eczema, don’t feel like it’s a secret you have to keep. According to the National Eczema Foundation, over 30 million Americans suffer from this itchy, red skin condition. Because this condition is so common and completely manageable, you shouldn’t suffer in silence or let eczema make you feel physically uncomfortable or emotionally insecure in short sleeves or pants. Greeley Dermatology helps patients of all ages eliminate the dry, red patches with a variety of treatment options that will fit your lifestyle and help you feel confident in your summer wardrobe once again. Call us today to make an appointment and get the professional diagnosis and treatment you deserve.
What is eczema?
Eczema doesn’t look the same or impact all patients equally, so one single description may not cover your symptoms. Usually, though, patients experience some kind of itchy, red, and dry skin in different patches on the body, including the cheeks, chin, neck, chest, elbows, and back of the knee. There are several different kinds of eczema (none of which are contagious), so talking to our doctors and having an exam to diagnose the type of eczema is an important part of planning the most effective treatment and avoiding future outbreaks.
Young children are especially prone to bouts of eczema on the cheeks and chin, but our office regularly sees patients of all ages who suddenly discover these uncomfortable and unattractive splotches.
When to see a dermatologist for treatment
Although symptoms differ between patients, call us if you unexpectedly notice the following conditions:
- Dry, sensitive skin
- Red, inflamed skin
- Intense itching
- Dark-colored patches of skin
- Rough, leathery, or scaly patches of skin
- Oozing or crusting
- Areas of swelling
Be careful, because scratching usually inflames the irritated skin even more and makes the condition worse, much like scratching a small mosquito bite until it becomes a large red lump. In the short-term before your office visit, you can use mild moisturizers and cold compresses to relieve the itch, or try topical creams and natural remedies, like apple cider vinegar in the cold compress.
Eczema treatment options
If the symptoms are bothering you or your child, or you’ve tried an over-the-counter cream to no avail, make an appointment with us at your earliest convenience for effective treatment. Sometimes, after a consultation, treating your eczema may be as simple as changing over-the-counter remedies or avoiding something in your lifestyle that triggered the outbreak. For more severe or stubborn cases, Greeley Dermatology can offer prescription topical medications, phototherapy, immunosuppressants, and biologic drugs. Before these kinds of treatment plans, however, it’s necessary to determine the type and cause of your eczema, so we encourage patients to schedule a consultation with us regardless of the severity of their symptoms in order to learn more about their skin and how to care for it at home or with help from medical technologies or prescriptions.
Don’t let eczema affect your lifestyle; call us!