Dealing with a lot of stress during the holidays? Sometime stress can trigger a skin disease known as eczema. The word eczema comes from the Greek word that means to effervesce, bubble, or boil over. Another term for eczema is Atopic Dermatitis and over 30 million Americans may be affected by it today. Eczema often shows itself as an itchy, red rash that can appear all over the body. The most common of these places being, but not limited to, are on the elbows or behind the knees. Typically you are diagnosed with eczema as a child and it is something that will carry over into adulthood for most, although sometimes the symptoms are typically less severe as you get older.
What triggers it?
Harsh soaps, detergents, shampoos, and disinfectants like chlorine can often trigger eczema. While other times there are factors such as hormone changes, stress, or allergens making the skin react and flare into an itchy rash.
How do people treat eczema?
– If you have eczema, it is important to take good care of your skin. Take warm (not hot!) baths on a regular basis and immediately applying moisturizers afterward will help keep your skin moist.
– There are a number of treatment options from topical creams, to immunosuppressants, and light treatment.
*Treatment depends on the severity of sympotms associated with the disease.
Dealing with Atopic Dermatitis/Eczema can be very frustrating. We’re constantly in search of new ways to improve treatment options and efficacy through our practice, more specifically our research department. We are currently recruiting for a number of studies including Eczema. If you’re dealing with this skin disease and are interested in receiving potential free treatment and compensation for your time, please call or email our office today for further information!