Treatments for Eczema
Anyone who has ever suffered from eczema knows that the skin disorder can be extremely uncomfortable (and oftentimes even painful) and that in addition to discomfort, oftentimes the eczema patient has grown self conscious about the appearance of their skin. Eczema can be brought on by a number of different reasons (individually or combined) including allergies, environmental factors and heredity. Skin patches that are itchy, dry, and marked with red skin is often how eczema displays. The Dermatology Consultants of Short Hills, in Millburn, New Jersey, fully understand the trials that patients with eczema often face and they provide eczema treatment for children and eczema treatment for adults across Northern New Jersey including Millburn, Livingston, Mendham, Mountainside, and Florham Park.
Treatments for Children and Adults
The skin rash is most likely to be found on the face, the arms or the legs, specifically in creases or folds of skin. It can occur at any age, for many different reasons, so it is important that eczema treatments are tailored to the individual seeking medical help.
Symptoms of Eczema
Typically the first symptom of eczema is intense itching, to the point of being very uncomfortable, and sometimes very painful. Once an area of skin with eczema has been scratched, the skin becomes flaky and dry over the red rash area. Sometimes skin may become leathery, and sometimes it may ooze fluid. It is important to note that eczema can appear in several forms. The Dermatology Consultants of Short Hills have experience treating:
- Atopic eczema
- Contact eczema
- Hand eczema
- Nummular eczema
- Dyshidrotic eczema
Though each of the above types of eczema are different types of the skin disorder, they can be very similar in appearance so proper diagnosis and a targeted treatment regimen is very important. Individuals with mild forms of eczema may find success with over-the-counter (OTC) eczema treatments. However, in many cases the most effective course of action is to have a dermatologist near you perform a simple allergy test (patch test) to identify the cause of the skin disorder and to determine the best course of treatment.
Types of Eczema Treatment
Treatment depends on where eczema has affected the patient and what type of symptoms the patient is suffering from. Options include prescription topical ointments which are used to reduce inflammation, steroidal creams that are used to stop the itching, and antibiotics that are used to stop any skin infections where skin may have been broken and bacteria may have entered the wound. Laser therapy is also a treatment for eczema. Whichever treatment is chosen for the patient, the process will be modified depending on the area of the body that has the skin disorder. Eczema treatments for the face will require a different approach than eczema treatment for the scalp. If you live in New Providence, Livingston, Roseland, Berkeley Heights, or anywhere across Northern New Jersey, call Dermatology Consultants of Short Hills at 973-232-6245 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lin, Dr. Farley-Loftus and Dr. Vuong, all board certified dermatologists, to start treating your eczema today!