Living with eczema
Over 3 million children and adults around the world live with moderate to severe eczema, or “atopic dermatitis.” This condition is characterized by flare-ups of dry and itchy skin, causing many patients to seek the assistance of a medical professional to clear the skin and relieve the itch and irritation. However, with the assistance of a trained and experienced team of professionals, most patients can find a form of relief that helps them regain control of their life and improve their day-to-day activities.
When it comes to living with eczema, the team of Dermatology Consultants of Short Hills will educate patients on the ways in which they can control their condition and seek effective, safe relief to clear the skin and rid them of itchy skin! Below are a few recommendations for patients who are living with eczema:
- Know the triggers. Most patients have a specific trigger that can cause an eczema flare-up. For many, sun, heat, and sweat are common culprits, though others may have different triggers. Once patients know what their triggers are, they can reduce flare-ups and control itchy skin.
- Speak to a professional about treatment options. Treatment for eczema commonly involved topical ointments and creams that contain steroids that reduce the rash—and the itching! While there are many over-the-counter moisturizers that can also keep the skin hydrated and moisturized, many patients turn to a doctor for prescription-strength options that provide noticeable improvements when used regularly.
- Don’t itch. It is definitely easier said than done, but itching skin with eczema can worsen eczema flare-ups and even cause open sores that can lead to infection. Anti-itch cream should be applied to areas that are bothersome.
- Keep the skin moisturized. Many cases of eczema are caused by dry skin, so using a highly concentrated moisturizer on the skin every day can reduce discomfort and itching that can happen before or during a flare-up.
Call the team of Dermatology Consultants of Short Hills today
Schedule an appointment with our team by calling (973) 232-6245 and visit our facility at 636 Morris Turnpike in Suite 2H. Our team is committed to providing exceptional, comprehensive skincare solutions for patients in and around the Short Hills, NJ area.