Eczema- also called atopic dermatitis (AD), may affect up to 20% of the population.
Infants often get atopic dermatitis appearing as dry, scaly patches on the scalp, forehead, and face, especially the cheeks.
AD is often very itchy causing lack of sleep. If AD begins between age 2 and puberty, the rash often begins in the creases of the elbows or knees, the neck, wrists, ankles, and/or crease between the buttocks and legs. In time, the skin with AD can get bumpy, looking like permanent goose bumps. The skin may lighten (or darken) and thicken, turning leathery to protect itself from constant scratching. In adults, the AD can cover much of the body, but be particularly bad on the face, causing dry skin and itching.
Scratching can lead to a skin infection.
Since atopic dermatitis can be chronic, it is important to learn how to take care of the skin. Treatment and good skin care can alleviate much of the symptoms including itching and pain, reduce emotional stress, prevent infections, and stop the skin from thickening.
AD has many irritant causes which when avoided may reduce flares of the eczema. We will address the many ways to both avoid and treat this condition with you. A treatment plan often includes medications, skin care, and lifestyle changes.