Eczema causes widespread skin inflammation and redness. This condition can become overwhelmingly painful, which is why leading board-certified dermatologist Lance Henry, MD and his team at Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center, PLLC offer comprehensive eczema care. The Fayetteville and Bentonville, Arkansas-based teams offer flexible scheduling if you’re experiencing an eczema flare-up. Schedule your eczema evaluation by clicking on the online booking feature, or by calling the office.
Eczema Q & A
What causes eczema?
Eczema is an umbrella term that describes a variety of allergic skin conditions and overly sensitive skin. While the exact cause of eczema isn’t always known, medical experts believe that harsh detergents, cold winds, dry air, and excessive bathing may all play roles in triggering flare-ups. You might also be prone to developing eczema if you have:
- Chronic sleep problems, like sleep apnea
- A family history of eczema
- Asthma, hay fever, or allergies
Since about 15 million Americans struggle with eczema and up to 20% of all infants develop it, understanding the symptoms and starting treatment early on can help restore your skin’s health.
Are there symptoms of eczema?
Yes, although signs and symptoms can vary with each flare-up. If you have eczema, you’re likely to experience:
- Overly dry skin and itchiness
- Red or brown-gray patches
- Raw, swollen, or sensitive skin
- Small raised bumps, almost like pimples
Eczema can occur anywhere on your body, including your eyelids, chest, hands, and the inside bend of your elbows. Infants often develop eczema throughout their face and scalp.
How is eczema treated?
Treating eczema involves applying clinical-grade moisturizers specifically designed for sensitive skin, often several times a day. Dr. Henry typically suggests also using a cold compress when you’re having a flare-up.
Many eczema sufferers find relief with anti-inflammatory corticosteroid creams and ointments, which Dr. Henry can prescribe. In some cases, you might need antibiotics to combat underlying infections, or antihistamines if known allergies are worsening your eczema flare-ups.
Dr. Henry may suggest treating eczema with phototherapy, where you expose your skin to specific light rays. This helps regenerate new, healthy cells and reduces the appearance of rashes.
Can I prevent eczema?
Once Dr. Henry the team at Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center, PLLC treat your current flare-up, they can help you prevent future issues. Keeping your skin moisturized with clinical-grade moisturizers is especially important. You can also prevent eczema issues by:
- Avoiding steamy showers or hot baths
- Applying moisturizer right after showering or bathing
- Reducing stress and anxiety
If your flare-ups stem from contact dermatitis and allergy issues, the team counsels you on what to avoid to minimize future eczema outbreaks.
Before living another day with eczema, see what the team at Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center, PLLC can do for you. Book your evaluation by clicking on the online scheduler, or by calling the clinic.