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Eczema—Information and Treatment

Eczema, sometimes referred to as dermatitis, is a broad term for multiple types of skin issues typically defined by swelling. While eczema is a common problem affecting perhaps as many as 30 million Americans annually, the cause of it is unknown. However, researchers believe that genetics and environmental elements may play a role in its development.

Eczema can be a chronic condition that can be hard to shake lasting months or years in some patients. While eczema is not life threatening or dangerous, its symptoms are nagging and can cause great frustration for those who suffer from it.

Common Types of Eczema

  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Nummular Eczema
  • Dyshidrotic Eczema
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Stasis Dermatitis

Know Your Type

Make an appointment with your doctor to assess the type of eczema that troubles you. If your doctor diagnoses you with eczema, he or she will inform you about the various types and causes of each. Once you're armed with the knowledge of type and possible triggers you will be better able to avoid allergens and causes.

Possible Irritants to Discuss with Your Doctor

  • Kinds of Soap Used
  • Certain Fabrics
  • Lotions
  • Stress
  • Food Allergens
  • Pollen or Other Environmental Allergens
  • Pet Dander

Common Symptoms Reported by Eczema Sufferers

  • Redness
  • Inflammation
  • Dry Skin
  • Itchy Skin
  • Rashes on the Face
  • Rashes Inside Elbows
  • Rashes on Hands or Feet
  • Rashes Behind Knees
  • Blistering Skin
  • Peeling Skin
  • Weeping Skin (clear fluid)

Treatment Plan

Treatment options vary depending on the severity of symptoms. Your doctor may prescribe medication or skin creams. Your doctor will also advise you on prevention. Sometimes prevention can be as simple as avoidance of irritants. Ask your doctor if compounded medications and creams may be a good option for you. Many people find that compounded medications are easier on their bodies. Compounding pharmacists can customize medications in the optimum dosage and in multiple forms of delivery such as syrups, solutions, gummies, topical gels and patches, tablets, injectables, lollipops and more. And compounded creams, as well as medications, can be prepared without harmful dyes, sugars, or other ingredients that you may not tolerate well.

  • "It is rare to find health professionals who are so willing to educate the patient on what they need to know."

    Clair C. | West Hollywood, CA