As discussed in a previous post, eczema is an autoimmune skin condition that can be worsened by certain irritants. The key to managing eczema is to avoid those irritants and appropriately care for your skin. Some ways to do that include…
Since eczema is a chronic skin condition it is also important to use medications prescribed as directed. With effective treatment, you can keep eczema under control.
Topical corticosteroids (steroids) are a common treatment option for a variety of dermatological conditions. The reason is that they promote anti-inflammatory responses by suppressing the immune system’s response. Typically prescribed for psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, eczema, and rashes, if prescribed appropriately they can yield very effective results.
This effectiveness however can lead to patients developing a dependency on them. Initially, after stopping the topical steroid, the condition may come back with a vengeance. So quite often, people will continue to apply the steroid even after the condition clears, and in doing so, severe side effects can arise. Examples include, atrophy of the skin (the consistency in the area of skin where the cream was used becomes comparable to saran wrap) or striae (thick red lines that look like stretch marks). A way to avoid potential addiction is through the use of a stagger program. This can be done by using the topical steroid twice a day for two weeks, then taking one week off.
Although topical steroids are an effective option, if not administered properly it can lead to serious issues.
Eczema is an autoimmune disease that is characterized by itchy red bumps on the skin. The skin starts out rather itchy (progressively becoming worse), thereafter developing into a rash. The rash tends to be very dry and scaly in appearance, but is not contagious.
The exact cause of Eczema is unknown and can arise at any age. It is most prevalent in infants and young adults. It was recently reported that it is on the rise as the biggest skin disease for children nowadays. In older sufferers, eczema typically occurs on the hands or feet, but may appear anywhere on the body. Certain foods, allergens, or bacteria have been known to all be contributors to the condition.
Although there may be no cure for eczema, understanding certain irritants is crucial in prevention or re occurrence. If you believe you may be experiencing eczema contact our office at 716-688-0020 today. The earlier treatment is made, the more manageable the condition.