Eczema is a chronic skin condition known for causing extreme itching and other symptoms severe enough to affect your quality of life. At Magnolia Allergy and Asthma, Monica Sandhu, DO, has years of experience developing a customized treatment that improves your symptoms and reduces the frequency of eczema flare-ups. If you have an itchy, inflamed skin rash, call one of the offices in Dallas or Corsicana, Texas, or use the online scheduling feature to book an appointment today.
Eczema, often referred to as atopic dermatitis, includes a group of itchy, inflammatory skin conditions. Most cases of eczema appear before the age of five and may persist throughout adolescence and into adulthood. However, you can also develop eczema as an adult.
Children with eczema have a higher risk of future health problems. Of all children younger than five who have eczema, 30% develop food allergies. Up to 80% of children with eczema go on to develop asthma or allergic rhinitis in later childhood.
Eczema is itchy, sometimes so intensely itchy that it interferes with sleep and leads to scratching that further damages the skin. But you can have a variety of symptoms, including:
Young children tend to develop eczema on their cheeks, elbows, and knees. In older children and adults, the condition is more likely to occur on their hands, feet, arms, and the back of their knees.
Most patients have periods when their eczema symptoms flare-up, followed by a period of remission that lasts until an irritant triggers another flare.
These are a few examples of eczema triggers:
If you have allergies, your allergens may trigger your flare-ups.
Dr. Sandhu develops a comprehensive treatment plan to relieve your symptoms and help prevent future flares.
Your treatments may include:
It’s important to protect and strengthen your skin by regularly applying a moisturizer and using gentle skin care products.
Dr. Sandhu can help you identify your eczema triggers and create a plan for avoiding them. If she suspects allergies activate your eczema flares, she may recommend allergy testing and allergy shots.
Topical steroids relieve inflammation, while oral immunosuppressants stop the itch-scratch cycle that worsens eczema. Dr. Sandhu may treat moderate-to-severe eczema with biologic therapy that reduces inflammation and decreases symptoms.
If you suffer from an itchy, persistent skin rash, call Magnolia Allergy and Asthma or book an appointment online.