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Katz Dermatology on Eczema

What is Eczema?

Eczema is defined by dermatologists as a group of skin disease which causes the skin to be irritated, swell and turn red. The most common type of this skin condition is atopic dermatitis also known as atopic eczema. Dermatologists classify eczema as a chronic medical skin condition.

Eczema according to advance medical researches is linked to people who have a history of asthma, hay fever and other allergies. As of today, eczema affects over 35 million of Americans. 10 to 20 % of these cases are infants and in rare cases the condition continues to display one or more symptoms on adulthood.

What causes Eczema? According Dr. Matthew Katz, there have been medical studies that have linked the skin disease eczema with genetics. Meaning, if your parents have the condition it is very likely for you to have eczema. Other medical research links the skin condition, eczema, to the body's, primarily the immune system, response to an allergen or irritant.

Our skin happens to have an outer protective layer which helps on maintaining skin moisture and blocks irritants to enter the skin. People with eczema often have a weak outer protective barrier which makes the skin dry allergens enter the skin and cause irritation. Such irritation makes the patient.

What are the signs or symptoms of Eczema?

General dermatologist describes the indications of eczema as the following:

  • Itching of the affected area, most likely at night.
  • Scaly skin with red or skin-colored flaky, patches.
  • The affected area may appear swollen or red.

What could be done with Eczema?

Our dermatologists advise patients to have a consultation with their family doctor or dermatologist before trying out any medication, which could worsen the skin condition by irritating it further. Medical experts and dermatologists could determine if what you have is eczema or something else.

Your dermatologists could prescribe you with some anti-allergic medicines and creams in order to prevent and treat your skin condition, eczema. They could also identify the irritant or allergen that might have been causing the problem.

However, if you think you have a rash that is showing the signs of eczema, our dermatologist advice you the following to reduce and avoid further complications.

  • Avoid scratching the rash, whenever possible.
  • If you recently tried something new like a new brand of soap or clothing, it might be irritating your skin causing the skin problem.
  • Consult a medical expert in order to know the possible cause and the treatment suitable for your condition.

Need more information about Eczema?

We highly recommend that you should have a consultation with medical skin experts and dermatologist regarding your concerns about eczema. They could give you proper advice and prescription about your condition.

If you are in Maryland, especially in Rockville, Maryland, you could schedule an appointment with us and have your consultation. We would provide you with answers and treatments available for you and your skin condition. Contact us and let us know about your skin dilemma. Katz Dermatology has been serving Maryland for 40 years now and continues to provide quality of dermatology services especially in general dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, surgical dermatology and aesthetic dermatology.

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