Medical Dermatology Associates of Chicago
Dermatology located in River North, Chicago, IL
Eczema is a skin condition that you might have had as a child. However, many people continue experiencing symptoms into adulthood and can get frequent skin infections as a result. At Medical Dermatology Associates of Chicago, the team of expert dermatologists evaluates your skin and provides individualized care for eczema. Schedule your appointment by calling the office in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, or using the online booking button today.
What is eczema?
Eczema is a skin condition that causes excessive skin dryness and cracking, sometimes in response to irritants or allergens. These dry, scaly patches of atopic dermatitis which can bubble up to ooze and weep fluid are common in infants and children, and they often begin within the first year of life.
Affecting some 20% of children worldwide, the condition is generally very itchy and may be severe enough to disrupt sleep, family life, and school. Because atopic dermatitis is not yet fully understood, it is important to learn how to take care of the skin safely and effectively so that it can heal.
Our focus is on gentle, supportive treatments and we are the home of the Chicago Integrative Eczema Center that specializes in alternative and complementary treatment approaches to atopic dermatitis as well.
What are the symptoms of eczema?
Eczema symptoms are highly distinct, and while there’s no specific test for the condition, the team at Medical Dermatology Associates of Chicago can easily make a diagnosis with a physical examination of your rashes.
The features and symptoms of eczema include:
- Dry and cracking skin
- Severe itching, especially at night
- Scaly skin
- Red or brown patches on various body parts
Skin with eczema can become infected, which causes pus and yellow scabs to develop in the affected areas. Your physician might prescribe antibiotics if you have a skin infection because of eczema or if you’re prone to infections because of deep cracks in your skin.
How can I manage my eczema?
You can treat your eczema to reduce symptoms and flare-ups, but the disease currently has no cure. The team at Medical Dermatology Associates of Chicago specializes in managing cases of eczema in patients of all ages and can construct an individualized care plan for your condition.
A few options for your eczema treatment are:
- Topical corticosteroids
- Topical calcineurin inhibitors
- Biologic therapy
- Short-term oral corticosteroids
- Wet dressings
- Identifying and avoiding triggers
- Patch testing
- Light therapy
Treatment for eczema starts with conservative options, and your provider might direct you to more intensive therapies if your symptoms are severe or come back often. While eczema has no cure, it’s possible for it to go into remission and stop causing symptoms.
If you’d like to learn more about eczema or get a diagnosis for your symptoms, call Medical Dermatology Associates of Chicago or book an appointment online today.
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