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.