Do you have large patches of dry, itchy skin that tend to flare up and subside over time? If so, you may be suffering from atopic dermatitis or eczema.
Eczema can be extremely frustrating and embarrassing. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for it. Luckily, Dr. Vivian Bucay and her staff, who specialize in the diagnosis of eczema and other skin conditions, can help you find a long-term treatment plan that helps reduce eczema flare-ups.
What is Eczema?
Eczema is a common skin condition that results in patches of your skin turning red. When this occurs, the skin will become extremely inflamed and itchy.
Eczema is extremely common in children, but it can impact anyone. Adults who suffer from this skin condition often have what is considered a chronic case.
Eczema often occurs in cycles, known as flare-ups. You will experience several weeks of red, itchy skin, which is then followed by several weeks, or even months, of no symptoms at all. Eczema flare-ups are often unpredictable making it hard for people to determine when they may experience the itchy, redness associated with this skin condition.
How is Eczema Diagnosed?
Diagnosing eczema is extremely easy and often does not require you to undergo any lab tests. Dr. Bucay and her physician’s assistants can diagnosis this skin condition with a physical examination and looking at your medical history.
In some cases, Dr. Bucay and her staff may believe that your rash could be caused by something other than eczema. If that is a concern, a skin biopsy may be performed. This will help Dr. Bucay rule out any other skin conditions.
What are Treatment Options for Eczema?
Long-term treatment is needed for eczema as it is often chronic and persistent. You may need to treat this condition for several weeks or even years.
Dr. Bucay can help you explore various treatment options for eczema. She may recommend treatment options that include everything from the use of over-the-counter moisturizers to topical corticosteroids, skin repair lotions/gels, oral anti-itch medications, or injections to help control inflammation.
In addition to lotions and medications, Dr. Bucay can help you discover lifestyle changes that can help your condition. Lifestyle changes such as regular use of a moisturizer, using mild soaps/shampoos, and placing a humidifier in a room can help prevent eczema flare-ups.