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Nigro Dermatology Group

Cosmetic and Medical Dermatology located in Houston, TX

Are you bothered by dry, itchy, and red skin? It could be eczema. Also called atopic dermatitis, eczema is a common skin condition that affects nearly 15 million Americans. It often develops in babies and children, but anyone can suffer this uncomfortable, embarrassing condition. Find comprehensive care with the expert team at Nigro Dermatology Group in Houston, Texas. Call one of the two locations or request an appointment online to learn more.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a group of inflammatory skin conditions. Eczema causes itchy, dry, red, or scaly skin, and in more severe cases, bleeding and infection.

Anyone can have eczema, but it’s most common in children, and it typically appears between birth and age 5. It’s not clear exactly what causes eczema, but it’s linked to genetics and environmental factors.

Families with a history of eczema, allergies, or asthma may be more likely to have children with eczema. Like many other health conditions, eczema ranges in severity. It may be mild or severe, and it can have a significant impact on your lifestyle and self-esteem.

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Eczema is characterized by patches of itchy, dry, or red skin. It can develop anywhere on the body, but it’s commonly found in the bends of elbows, behind knees, or on the backs of wrists or ankles. In babies and young children, it may appear on the cheeks, forehead, or scalp.

Although eczema can appear like a rash, it isn’t contagious. It’s often uncomfortable because it makes your skin hot and itchy. Scratching eczema patches only makes it worse by further irritating skin.

Is eczema curable?

Children often grow out of eczema around the time they enter elementary school. But there’s no cure for eczema, and some people continue experiencing eczema flare-ups throughout adolescence and into adulthood.

Eczema can’t be cured, but treatment can make a big difference in your symptoms. Finding a treatment plan that works for you can lessen the severity of your symptoms and reduce your discomfort.

How is eczema treated?

The dermatology team at Nigro Dermatology Group specializes in treating pediatric and adult eczema. Eczema care is focused on identifying your unique triggers and finding a balance of medication and lifestyle changes to manage your symptoms.

Practicing a consistent skin care regimen, including daily bathing and moisturizing, is often effective in minimizing eczema flare-ups. Your doctor may also prescribe topical medication, like corticosteroid ointments or creams. Other possible eczema treatments include light therapy, dietary changes, and trigger avoidance.

If your child has moderate to severe eczema, regular dermatology care is especially important. Comprehensive care helps ensure your child’s eczema stays under control and reduces the risk of complications like a bacterial or viral skin infection.

Find comprehensive eczema care at Nigro Dermatology Group. Call one of the two clinics in Houston, Texas, or request an appointment online.