Eczema is a very common skin condition that can develop at any age, though it is most common in children. There are many different forms of eczema, including atopic dermatitis, nummular dermatitis, and contact dermatitis. All forms of eczema cause red, scaly, itchy patches on the skin. It can sometimes cause thickened areas of skin. Once eczema heals, it can leave light or dark patches of skin in its place. Eczema can occur on any part of the body. A skin biopsy is sometimes necessary to make or confirm a diagnosis of eczema.
Preventing dry skin and avoiding potential irritants and allergens are both very important for managing eczema. However, eczema usually requires prescription-strength treatment. There is no one medication or combination of medications that is best for everyone. Evaluation by a dermatologist is important to determine the type of eczema you have, complete a work-up for potential allergens (if applicable), and get you started on an individualized treatment plan.
In addition to scheduling an appointment with one of our board-certified dermatologists or certified PAs for an evaluation and treatment regimen specially tailored for you or your child, we recommend the following: