Some 31.6 million people in the United States live with the dry, inflamed skin of eczema. To lessen your risk of skin damage and scarring, Apex Allergy and Asthma offers in-office skin exams and customized treatments for eczema. Mark Stahl, DO, works closely with you on an eczema management plan to preserve your skin’s health and beauty. Call the Apex Allergy and Asthma office in San Antonio, Texas, to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.
Eczema is a group of conditions that affect the health of your skin. Healthy skin has a moisture barrier that protects your skin. Eczema breaks down that moisture barrier, causing your skin to become itchy and inflamed.
Your risk for developing eczema increases if you have a family history of the condition. You’re also more likely to suffer from eczema if you have asthma, seasonal allergies, and/or food allergies.
The itching and inflammation of eczema can range from mild to severe. Some people might develop infections and permanent skin damage because of the chronic itching of eczema.
In addition to inflammation, your skin might also become flaky and cracked. In some cases, the cracked skin begins to ooze clear fluid and crust over.
Eczema symptoms generally flare up at certain times then disappear for weeks or months. While there’s no cure for eczema, the Apex Allergy and Asthma providers can help you manage your symptoms and reduce the frequency of flare-ups.
You should schedule an exam for a diagnosis at Apex Allergy and Asthma if you have symptoms of eczema that are difficult to control on your own. You also need an evaluation if your symptoms continue to get worse, even with home care.
Your treatment plan for eczema can involve:
Topical or oral prescription medicines can quickly relieve itching and inflammation. If you have an active infection, you might need to take antibiotics to treat it.
The Apex Allergy and Asthma providers can also recommend over-the-counter lotions and creams that keep your skin hydrated. You’ll probably need to change your skin care routine to protect your skin from drying out and triggering eczema symptoms.
You should moisturize your skin frequently, wear sunscreen, and limit your time in hot baths and showers.
You can also learn relaxation techniques to reduce your urge to scratch and help you better cope with your skin discomfort.
To learn more about treating eczema, call the Apex Allergies and Asthma office nearest you or book a consultation online today.