If you notice an itchy, red patch on your skin or the skin of someone in your family, it could very well be eczema. This common skin condition affects more than 30% of Americans. Board-certified family practitioner Dr. Elba Masid helps diagnose and manage eczema in people of any age at the Central Florida Family Practice. Residents of Saint Cloud, Florida, and the surrounding areas can call her office or book an appointment online to learn more about eczema treatment.
Eczema is a collection of skin conditions that cause inflamed, rough, itchy, and red patches of skin that itch and possibly blister. Many types of eczema exist, but atopic dermatitis is the most common type.
You can develop eczema anywhere on the body, and the inflamed skin condition is chronic and uncomfortable. Infants and children with eczema usually outgrow it before adulthood, but adults can have eczema too. Eczema is not contagious.
Symptoms of eczema differ from person to person and vary according to your age. Infants may have eczema appear on their scalps and cheeks, causing extreme itchiness. Children and adolescents often develop rashes behind the creases of the elbows or knees or in other folds of skin. The rash can become bumpy, change color, and thicken.
Adults with eczema often experience:
In people of all ages, eczema can also lead to skin infections. Scratching affected skin can make the symptoms of eczema worse. The inflammation caused by eczema can ooze, swell, and crust over.
Eczema has a genetic component. The condition usually occurs due to your immune system overreacting. Eczema is often triggered by things such as:
Eczema is not curable, but can be managed, and Dr. Masid can help.
Dr. Masid helps you with at-home measures to reduce eczema symptoms. This includes lukewarm baths, moisturizing with a gentle product, and choosing mild soap. Avoiding things that trigger your eczema can also help keep you more comfortable.
In many cases, she’ll recommend topical corticosteroid creams to reduce skin inflammation and itching. These may be over-the-counter or prescription creams. Antibiotics and antiviral or antifungal medications can help if your eczema becomes infected.
If your eczema is accompanied by acne, or you have a different skin condition, Dr. Masid can tailor your treatment.
If you or someone in your family has itchy, red skin, call Central Florida Family Practice to find relief. Alternatively, book an appointment using the online agent.