Eczema and Dermatitis
While somewhat synonymous with each other, Eczema and dermatitis are skin conditions in which the skin becomes inflamed or easily irritated. While there is no cure for some of these conditions, our dermatologists here at Jupiter Dermatology & Hair Restoration can help you to better treat and manage these irritations.
What is Eczema/Dermatitis?
Eczema is a common skin condition in which the skin simply becomes inflamed. There are several different kinds of eczema which includes dermatitis. Eczema or dermatitis can develop as a result of an allergy or can even be genetic and ongoing.
The most common symptoms of eczema or dermatitis are:
- Dry, cracked skin that lets moisture out allowing bacteria and germs in
- Uncomfortable itching that may result in damage to the skin from excessive scratching
- Redness and blistering from irritation, blisters may even bleed
How is Eczema Treated?
It can be hard to distinguish if you have eczema or what type of dermatitis you have unless you see a dermatologist. Hand problems can be caused by over-washing, and allergic reactions to topical products of chemical ingredients we are commonly exposed to may be the culprit. When you come in for your appointment at Jupiter Dermatology & Hair Restoration, your doctor will examine your skin and ask you about your symptoms, health history, and any rashes or allergies that are known to run in your family. If they determine that it is eczema or some type of dermatitis, some common treatment methods they may recommend are:
- Changing your body care – This may involve changing your soaps and lotions to be more mild or gentle without fragrance. Also, it may be recommended that you take shorter showers that are warm instead of hot. Long, hot showers can aggravate the dryness and other symptoms. Applying a mild moisturizer after a warm shower will help lock in moisture and keep you feeling more comfortable.
- Over the counter treatments – OTC options that may be prescribed are the use of humidifiers to keep the air moist which helps with dryness. Also, topical cortisones or antihistamines (oral antihistamines too) may help keep the symptoms at a more manageable level.
In more serious cases, your doctor may recommend in-office treatments or even prescription lotions or medications to manage more severe symptoms.