Understanding and Treating Eczema in Illinois
Skin conditions such as eczema can affect children and adults alike. It is believed that anywhere from 10-20% of babies have eczema, and approximately 3% of adults and children do as well. Some babies grow out of the condition while others struggle with it off and on for the remainder of their life as a chronic problem. Knowing more about the condition and how it works can help patients in the Illinois area in better understanding it and treating it in a way that is both effective and efficient. The allergists at Advanced Allergy and Asthma Associates and Food Allergy Center of Illinois are here to provide proper diagnosis and treatment options to patients who visit their facility for assistance.
Drs. Noga Askenazi, Dipika Patel, and Eugenia Hahn know that the condition is one that can become problematic and result in the development of itchy, red skin, as well as irritation that can develop into scaly, red dry patches. Patients with eczema may also notice pigmentation changes. These issues often bring patients into our practice looking for answers and understanding of this condition, also known by others as atopic dermatitis.
There are different types of eczema so it is best for patients to have an appropriate diagnosis by a dedicated team of professionals who are qualified to provide this information and get patients on the path to treatment.
Treatment options vary for patients who have eczema as every situation is unique. The primary goal of eczema treatment is to relieve patients of discomfort. Itching of the skin can be extremely uncomfortable and cause patients to scratch and result in open sores, which then lead to infection of the skin. Often the first step is a “one-two punch” with lotions and creams to provide moisture to the dry skin and a hydrocortisone cream that can help reduce inflammation and itching. Together, these may help patients get more comfortable and then address the condition in other methods such as oral medications such as topical immunomodulators or antihistamines. Some patients with chronic eczema may even benefit from regular phototherapy treatments or medications and skin creams that are used every day to prevent eczema from flaring up.