Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology & Dermatopathology located in Wheat Ridge, CO
Eczema is a skin condition that can cause severe itching, difficulty sleeping, and a reduced quality of life. We at Elevation Dermatology help adults and children in the Denver, Colorado, area manage chronic eczema and reduce the severity of their symptoms. If you’d like to find out about how we can free you from the burden of chronic eczema, call the office today or schedule a consultation online.
What is eczema?
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition that causes red, itchy rashes. Eczema is frequently seen in children, but adults can also have eczema.
What are the symptoms of eczema?
Eczema is a chronic condition; symptoms often subside for periods of time, then return during flare-ups. Some of the most common symptoms of atopic dermatitis include:
- Dry skin
- Itching, may be severe
- Small raised bumps, which may leak fluid
- Cracked or crusted skin
Rashes generally appear on the hands, feet, upper chest, or inside the bend of the elbows and knees. In infants, eczema is often seen on the face and scalp.
Is eczema contagious?
No. You can’t catch eczema from someone else, or pass it to another person. The exact cause of atopic dermatitis is not yet known, but you’re more likely to have eczema if someone in your family has the condition. If you have eczema, you also have an increased risk of having asthma, hay fever, and other allergies.
Certain factors can trigger eczema flare-ups, including:
- Soaps, detergents and skin care products
- Dry weather/low humidity
- Dust and pollen
Food allergies to eggs, soy, wheat, and milk may also cause flare-ups in children and infants. If you’re concerned about how food affects your child’s eczema, ask your pediatrician about testing for food allergies.
How is eczema treated?
Eczema can’t be cured, but we At Elevation Dermatology can help manage the condition in children and adults. We customizes your treatment plan to the details of your individual diagnosis.
We may recommend one or more of the following eczema treatment options.
- Topical medications
- Oral medications
- Injectable medications (Dupixent)
Lifestyle changes to avoid triggers and maintain skin hydration can help prevent flare-ups. Behavior modification to reduce stress may shorten flare-ups, and decrease the frustration of dealing with a chronic skin condition.
Living with eczema, or watching your child suffer from very itchy skin, can have a negative impact on your daily life. Elevation Dermatology has helped patients of all ages find freedom from the discomfort of eczema. To learn more about how she can help you or your child, call Elevation Dermatology or book an appointment online today.