Atopic dermatitis, or eczema, is a skin condition that periodically flares up. Over 31 million Americans live with some form of eczema, according to the National Eczema Society. It’s not contagious and you can’t catch it from someone else – it can also begin at any life stage and range from mild to severe.
- Soaps, detergents, and cleansers
- Disinfectants and additives
- Thickening agents
- Dry climate
Eczema is easily confused with psoriasis, so a board-certified dermatologist can help you determine the right diagnosis.
- Scaly, rough patches
- Inflammation and redness
- Oozing and crusting
- Allergy-like symptoms
It’s important to know that eczema has no cure, and is typically a life-long condition. The goal of treatment, therefore, is to limit the amount and severity of flareups while extending the amount of time between them.
- Topical prescription medications
- Medical-grade moisturizers
- Over-the-counter or at-home treatment options
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The best way to manage eczema is by avoiding triggers in your environment like products, materials, and foods. Stress can also be a contributor to eczema flareups so it can be helpful to work with a mental health professional to find ways to manage it. During flareups, your dermatologist can help you find ways to prevent itching which can worsen symptoms. There’s no cure for eczema, so consider finding a support group for help with living with eczema in the long term.
Eczema doesn’t have to prevent you from doing the things you love. To learn more, meet with our experienced team during a consultation at our Mesa office. Schedule your appointment by calling or filling out our online form.
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