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Eczema is a common skin condition that affects approximately 35 million Americans. It can be uncomfortable, causing itching and redness. When Washington area patients visit the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, they are often seeking effective skin care treatments to reduce and control eczema flare-ups.
Many over-the-counter solutions are available to relieve itching, but some patients with moderate to severe eczema are not finding the relief they need. Drugstore remedies are often too messy, expensive and do not provide a means of controlling the condition. Instead, patients visit a trained dermatologist for a solution that works.
Skin care treatments for eczema vary from oral medication to prescription topical creams. Some patients may even benefit from the use of specific herbs taken orally to help relieve the itching and discomfort associated with this skin disorder.
Patients should take good care of their skin. They can take warm baths (avoiding hot water), apply moisturizers and use prescription medications if necessary. Moisturizing every day helps keep the skin from getting dry and mild soaps and cleansers should be used on the body. After baths and showers, the skin should be patted dry with a soft towel—rubbing can irritate the skin. Moisturizer should be applied immediately after bathing and humidifiers can be used in bedrooms during cold or dry weather. Extreme changes in temperature should be avoided.
Most patients should also determine their eczema triggers. By knowing what causes flare ups, patients can avoid them to keep their skin looking and feeling great. Allergies may be the cause and some patients may need to give their pets dander treatments and regularly vacuum their living spaces.
At the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, Dr. Burgess and her team are focused on providing patients with the knowledge and treatments necessary to maintain conditions such as eczema. When these conditions begin to interfere with one’s confidence and their daily quality of life, it is time to take control. Dr. Burgess works with hundreds of patients in the Washington area who deal with eczema. Contact her practice today to schedule a consultation and examination to get a proper diagnosis and seek an effective skin care routine and treatment to control eczema— and keep eczema from controlling YOU!