Nearly 32% of people in the United States get some form of eczema, an irritating skin condition that causes relentless itching and skin inflammation. In Murray Hill, Manhattan, and New Rochelle, New York, Steven Schnipper MD, a board-certified allergist, can help identify some of the factors that may contributing or causing your eczema, and can help soothe your skin with effective eczema treatments. To learn more about eczema, call the Steven Schnipper MD PC office nearest you, or book your appointment online today.
Eczema is a common skin condition that makes your skin itchy and irritated. It’s unlikely that you’ll get it over your entire body, but you may get it in patches. Common locations for flare-ups include your hands or feet, the inside of your elbows or knees, your neck, your buttocks, and your face.
There are several different kinds of eczema, but the most common is called atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is the result of your immune system’s overreaction to something touching your skin. It’s a chronic condition, so most people get more than one flare-up, or regular flare-ups over time.
Most people start getting symptoms of atopic dermatitis before age five. For some people, it doesn’t last beyond childhood. However, for many people, it can persist into adulthood.
Eczema symptoms depend on the age that you get flare-ups. If you’ve had eczema for some or all of your life, you might notice differences from one flare-up to the next. From infancy until two years old, common symptoms include:
From the time they turn two until they hit puberty, children’s eczema symptoms include:
Adults get many similar symptoms to children, often on larger areas of the body and with very dry skin. They also get skin scales, and skin infections often develop as a result. At any age, rubbing or scratching your eczema rashes can make them worse.
Dr. Schnipper can help you identify triggers that may cause your eczema flare-ups. If there is a specific food or environmental factor contributing to it, he will try to identify it so that you can avoid it. He also helps you find an appropriate treatment to control your flare-ups when they happen. He can prescribe medications and therapies to calm your rashes, prevent infections, and soothe your skin, including:
Applying a corticosteroid cream or ointment after a moisturizer can help relieve some of the inflammation contributing to your rash. You should use the cream as directed to avoid thinning skin and other unwanted side effects. In addition, there are other new non-steroid creams that are now available as well.
If your eczema rash includes cracked skin leaving it prone to an infection or if it’s already infected, Dr. Schnipper might prescribe a topical or oral antibiotic.
If your flare-up is severe and widespread, Dr. Schnipper might prescribe oral corticosteroids to control the inflammation.
There are now a number of new treatments available that may also be appropriate. If appropriate, Dr. Schnipper may discuss these with you as well.
To find out more about eczema and controlling flare-ups, call Steven Schnipper MD PC, or book an appointment online today.