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Deerfield Dermatology Associates
707 Lake Cook Road, Suite 280
Deerfield, IL 60015
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By Deerfield Dermatology Associates
October 05, 2018
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Eczema   Rash  

Eczema is a chronic skin condition associated with rashes, redness, itchiness, scaliness, and dry, leathery patches on the skin. The Eczema Skin Conditionchronic itchiness of eczema can make the condition extremely uncomfortable. Additionally, some patients are uncomfortable with the appearance of their skin during an eczema flare-up due to symptoms such as redness, scaliness, blistering, and leathery patches. Fortunately, eczema treatments are available. Deerfield Dermatology Associates are your Deerfield, IL, dermatologists for the treatment of eczema.

What is Eczema?

Eczema is a skin condition characterized by itchiness, inflammation, and a rash. Other symptoms of eczema include scaliness, blistering, redness, and dry, leathery patches. Eczema tends to be chronic and often runs in families. It is not contagious, but the exact causes are unclear. Certain factors seem to trigger eczema flare-ups, such as allergens, irritants, or even weather. There are several different types of eczema, including:

  • Atopic dermatitis — Most common type of eczema, runs in families, and is believed to be caused by abnormal immune system functioning
  • Contact dermatitis — Triggered by allergens or irritants, such as harsh chemicals
  • Dyshidrotic dermatitis — More common in warm climates or during summer months
  • Nummular dermatitis — Tends to be chronic and most often affects the back, buttocks, arms, and lower legs
  • Seborrheic dermatitis — Dandruff and infant cradle cap are both forms of this type of eczema, which is often triggered by oily skin, stress, or weather
  • Stasis dermatitis — Develops on the lower legs of elderly and middle-aged people and seems to be caused by circulation problems

Eczema Treatments

Mild eczema flare-ups are often successfully treated with over-the-counter antihistamines or itch relief creams. For severe or persistent eczema flare-ups, treatment by a dermatologist is best. A dermatologist can prescribe a prescription strength antibiotic, anti-fungal cream, corticosteroid, or steroid cream. Your Deerfield dermatologist can determine the best method for treating your eczema. Eczema can also be prevented by avoiding known triggers, using mild products on the skin, and refraining from scratching the skin.

Eczema can be uncomfortable and unsightly, but you do not have to struggle with it on your own. A dermatologist can identify the type of eczema you have and recommend an appropriate method for treating it. To schedule an appointment with a dermatologist in Deerfield, IL, call Deerfield Dermatology Associates at (847) 480-0004.

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Dr. Burton E. Silver, M.D., Emeritus
Marcia E. Johnson, M.D.
Jonathan A. Dalton, M.D.
Divya Singh-Behl, M.D.
Madhuri V. Konanahalli, M.D.

Stefanie Kadolph, MMS, PA-C

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