Eczema Specialist

Palm Beach Dermatology Group

Dermatologists located in Delray Beach, FL

Eczema is a very common skin issue today, affecting approximately 30% of Americans. Typical eczema symptoms include itchy, flaky, and inflamed skin — and in the worst cases, your skin can even crack, ooze, and bleed. If you need to calm your eczema, trust the skilled dermatologists at Palm Beach Dermatology Group in Delray Beach, Florida, for relief. Book your appointment using the online tool or by calling the office now.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes raised, rough, itchy, and inflamed patches of skin in areas like your face, hands, feet, behind your knees, and inner arms. Because it's very hard not to scratch when you have eczema, you can end up aggravating the skin further and eventually causing the skin to crack open and bleed.

Who gets eczema?

Eczema occurs most often in kids, and many children are symptom-free by the time they reach adulthood. However, for some, eczema symptoms continue throughout life. In rare cases, adults can develop eczema for the first time after age 18, most commonly after age 50.

What causes eczema?

The root cause of eczema isn't certain, but it's most likely related to the environment, genetics, inadequate skin moisture barrier, or a combination of these factors.

Triggers can play a significant role in eczema. Your eczema may be well-controlled for a long time before it suddenly flares up. Usually, this flare-up comes after trigger exposure. Your eczema symptoms may emerge immediately after the trigger, or you may have a delayed response. Some common triggers include:

  • Household cleaners
  • Pet dander
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Pollen
  • Detergents
  • Stress
  • Sweating heavily
  • Getting overheated
  • Hormone changes
  • Bacterial and viral infections, including staph, ringworm, and athlete's foot

If you make notes about each of your flare-ups, including where you were and what you'd been doing over the last few hours beforehand, you can often find the triggers that cause your flare-ups. Of course, knowing your triggers isn't always enough to control your eczema fully.

You need to take steps to minimize your trigger exposure, and also get treatment to restore your skin health.

What is the treatment for eczema?

Eczema treatment can include several different approaches, depending on your symptoms and needs. Treatment options can include:

  • Topical treatments: corticosteroids, immunomodulators, calcineurin inhibitors
  • Oral medication: immunosuppressants, biologics, antihistamines, anti-inflammatories, antibiotics
  • Phototherapy: measured small doses of UVA or UVB light

You may also need to start special home care like bleach baths, based on your dermatologist's recommendations. By following your dermatologist's recommendations, you can get eczema relief fast.

Schedule your appointment at Palm Beach Dermatology Group online or by phone now.