Eczema can leave your skin itchy and red, and in bad cases can cause pain and even sleep loss. If you are suffering from this persistent and troubling condition, it’s time to make an appointment with the dermatologists at Pinnacle Dermatology.
Located in Birmingham, Michigan, Pinnace Dermatology’s doctors have years of experience treating a wide variety of skin conditions, including eczema. Contact us today to learn more about eczema or to schedule an appointment.
What Is Eczema?
Known medically as atopic dermatitis, eczema makes your skin red and itchy. It can be common in young children, but can strike at any age. Many cases of eczema are chronic and can come and go for no apparent reason.
While there is no cure for eczema, treatments are available at Pinnacle Dermatology to reduce symptoms and relieve pain and itching.
Eczema symptoms vary, but can include:
- Itchy skin, which may become worse at night.
- Red skin patches on your hands, feet and ankles. Patches also can appear on your neck, wrists, upper chest, and even your eyelids.
- Thick, dry or scaly skin that cracks.
The dermatologists at Pinnacle can help treat your eczema. It’s time to schedule an appointment if:
- Your condition is making you lose sleep or is impacting your daily life.
- Your skin is painful.
- You have infected skin, which can include pus or scabbing.
- Your vision and/or eyes are being negatively impacted.
Some of the treatments available at Pinnacle Dermatology include medicinal creams to help curb itching and inflammation. Often a corticosteroid cream or ointment is used to treat eczema.
Other creams can be used to help repair damaged skin. These are applied to the skin to control itching and decrease eczema flare-ups.
At Pinnacle Dermatology, our doctors meet with patients to review their medical histories, discuss potential drug side effects and create a treatment plan that is customized to your specific skin care needs.
Sometimes drugs are needed to fight infection. Antibiotics can be prescribed for bacterial skin infections and open sores, which are often the result of scratching. Oral antihistamines also can help. In some severe cases, injections of a corticosteroid can be used to treat your eczema.
There also are various therapies that can be used to help combat the effects of eczema. Wet dressings can be effective. These are often used for severe cases. Typically, the area to be treated will wrapped with wet bandages containing needed medication. This technique often improves symptoms within hours.
Treatment for Children
Because eczema often impacts young children, it’s important for parents to keep an eye out for eczema symptoms. At Pinnacle Dermatology, we treat patients of all ages and can help reduce your child’s eczema symptoms to make them more comfortable and pain-free.
Stress can play a role in exacerbating eczema flare-ups. At Pinnacle Dermatology, we can help you select relaxation and behavior modification techniques that can keep you from persistently scratching your skin, which makes eczema worse.
If eczema is making you uncomfortable, self-conscious or is affecting your ability to work and perform normal daily tasks, it’s time to seek professional help.
Contact Pinnacle Dermatology today to learn how we can help you deal with painful and irritating eczema.