Eczema In All Ages
A four-month-old has dry, scaly patches on his cheeks and scalp; a 2-year-old has a red, raised rash on her back, arms, and legs which also presents on other parts of her body; a 40-year-old has red, dry patches in the creases of his elbows and knees which become very itchy and irritated.
All of these scenarios can describe eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis. Eczema affects the skin's ability to hold moisture. The skin becomes itchy, dry and easily irritated. The symptoms and triggers of eczema are different for everyone and can change over time. Whether you have eczema or care for someone who does, living with eczema is hard. Our Dermatology experts at Catalyst Medical Center in Fargo are here to help.
Eczema Signs & Symptoms
- Itchy skin
- Dry, sensitive skin
- Red, inflamed skin
- Dark-colored patches of skin
- Tiny, white bumps
- Flaky skin
- Redness in the bends of elbows, face, hands, behind the knees, on the neck, wrists or ankles.
- Rough patches of skin that feel leathery or scaly
- Oozing or crusting
- Areas of swelling
If you or your child has experienced any of the above signs or symptoms, it may be eczema. Our Dermatology providers can diagnose eczema, evaluate if you should have allergy testing, and advise you on a treatment plan to keep eczema under control. There are also many revolutionary treatment options for managing Eczema!
Eczema Treatment Options
Our Dermatology providers will tailor treatment measures to your specific eczema triggers and symptoms. Treatment may include:
- Moisturizers. Keeping the skin moisturized is key to preventing eczema from worsening or spreading to other parts of the body, also known as a “flare-up.”
- Eucrisa. Eucrisa is a new, non-steroidal prescription ointment treatment for eczema in adults and kids as young as 3 months old! It works above and below the skin to help repair and prevent flare ups.
- Dupixent. Dupixent helps to heal your skin from within! Dupixent is an injection with a hidden needle for ages 6 and up. It is indicated for atopic dermatitis, asthma, and chronic rhinosinusitis with polyps. This treatment helps to manage inflammation deep beneath the skin that contributes to eczema flare ups.
- Avoid skin irritants. Use a mild, fragrance-free and dye-free laundry detergent. Avoid fabric softener and dryer sheets. Wash all new clothes. Do not use scented lotions, soap or bubble bath.
Why See A Dermatology Provider?
Eczema is a very complex condition that affects everyone differently. That’s why all eczema patients should follow unique treatment plans tailored to their specific needs. Your primary care doctor may not have all the information you need to manage your eczema successfully. That’s where our Dermatology specialists come in: an eczema specialist has the right skills and insight to help you stay in control of your eczema long-term.
Schedule your appointment at Catalyst today!