Eczema is considered to be a fairly common skin condition—but that doesn’t make it any less irritating for its sufferers. Leading dermatologist Dr. David Tolliver of Derm One PLLC uses advanced forms of treatment to provide relief for patients with this chronic skin condition in his Princeton, WV, office.
If you or someone you know has become affected by red, itchy skin, it’s possible that eczema is to blame. Below, Dr. Tolliver answers a few of the most common questions about the condition, including what you can do to stop the itching.
- What Are the Symptoms of Eczema? An itchy rash is the hallmark symptom, and the markings are typically flat as opposed to raised hives or mosquito bites. In children, common sites for the rash are the elbows and behind the knees. Adults will experience breakouts in both of those areas, as well as on their hands.
- What Are the Causes? The direct cause of eczema can be challenging to pinpoint because it is often a result of an allergic reaction. In fact, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases estimates that 30% of people in the U.S. suffer from atopic (allergic) dermatitis, also known as eczema. For some people, the allergy may be food-related, while in others, the skin condition could be a result of a dust mite allergy.
- What Can Be Done for Relief? To help prevent the rash from occurring in the first place, it’s important to keep the skin well-hydrated. Pat the skin instead of rubbing it after showering and use a non-irritating moisturizer directly afterward. You may also want to consider using a humidifier to retain moisture in your home during the winter months. For any severe itching, visit your dermatologist to discuss safe anti-itch treatments.
If you or someone you know is affected by the persistent itch of eczema or other skin rashes, call (304) 425-9448 to make an appointment with the attentive team at Derm One PLLC. You can also read more about the practice’s services on their website.