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 have scales. 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 in bacteria.
- It is found in families with allergies or asthma.
- The rash may be triggered by exposure to heat, cold, soap and 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, elidel and protopic (alter the immune system, but may risk skin cancer).
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.