North County Dermatology Clinic
Dermatologists located in Lakeland, FL
Dry, flaky, and itchy skin are all symptoms of eczema, a skin condition that often requires medical treatment. To find relief for your symptoms, visit North County Dermatology Clinic in Lakeland, Florida. Timothy E. Knight, MD and our board certified Physician Assistants provide topical creams and medications to help stop irritation and soothe inflamed skin. For a personalized skin assessment, call the office today.
Eczema Q & A
What is eczema?
Eczema is a condition that causes rough, dry, itchy patches of skin. These areas may develop on the arms, legs, torso, or any other part of the body. Eczema also causes the skin to become red, inflamed, or infected, especially if you scratch a lot and bacteria gets trapped in the skin.
What causes eczema?
There are many different risk factors that can contribute to the development of eczema, but some common causes may include:
- Food sensitivities: can cause an inflammatory response that leads to skin issues
- Chemical exposure: from dyes, fragrances, or synthetic ingredients in laundry detergent, cleaning products, or skin care products
- Genetics: if you have a family history of eczema or specific genes that may contribute to the condition
Eczema may also be linked to other conditions that cause inflammation, such as autoimmune disorders.
What are the symptoms of eczema?
Each person is different, but the most common eczema symptoms include:
- Dry, cracking, or flaky skin
- Rough or raised patches
- Severe itching, which is often worse at night
- Small, fluid-filled bumps
Some people with eczema have persistent symptoms, while others can experience periods of “remission,” and then have a flare up.
How is eczema treated?
At North County Dermatology Clinic, Dr. Knight and our board certified Physician Assistants can help resolve your eczema symptoms with a variety of different treatment methods. Depending on your symptoms, he may recommend:
Dupixent is an FDA-approved eczema medication for adults who have not had success with or can’t use topical prescription creams. Dr. Knight administers the medication as an injection under the skin, usually once every other week.
This is an ointment that is used to treat the hallmark symptoms of eczema; swelling, itching, and redness. You can apply it topically until your symptoms disappear.
In addition to these treatments, Dr. Knight and our board certified Physician Assistants can also recommend specific soaps, cleansers, or skincare products that help soothe the skin and prevent irritation.
For a consultation about eczema treatment, book an appointment by calling the office today to speak with a friendly team member.
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