Posted on March 21, 2017

Do you or a friend have eczema? We may be able to help.

What is eczema?

  • Eczema is a common chronic inflammatory skin disease affecting 2-10% of adults in the U.S.
  • The skin is inflamed or irritated most commonly on the face, back of the elbows and knees, wrists, hands and feet.
  • Affected areas are very dry, thickened or scale. It may be crusty or oozing. It almost always itches.

What causes eczema?

  • The cause is unknown but may be related to an overactive response of the immune system resulting in defects in the skin barrier allowing loss of moisture and letting bacteria.
  • It is found in families with allergies or asthma.
  • The rash may be triggered by exposure to heat, cold, soap and the household products.
  • It may be triggered by respiratory infections and stress

How do you treat eczema?

There is not a cure but the goal is treatment of symptoms. Some treatments include:

  • Anti itch medication (antihistamine)
  • Anti itch creams ( hydrocortisone or calamine lotion)
  • Moisturize skin twice a day
  • Cool, wet compresses
  • Warm bath with uncooked oatmeal
  • Avoid or treat stress
  • Avoid hot showers, scratching, wool clothing, smoke and dust

Other options include phototherapy, oral steroids, elides and protonic (alter the immune system but may risk skin cancer).

What is new:
At ClinSearch we are studying new treatments for more severe eczema and a new treatment for severe itching.

To see if you qualify, contact us at (423)698-4584.

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