Eczema and Dermatitis Treatment in Bountiful
Also known as dermatitis, eczema is a very common skin condition characterized by the inflammation (swelling and irritation) of the skin. As many as 35 million Americans develop eczema and while it is not dangerous, the symptoms can be uncomfortable. Eczema can cause itchiness but scratching often makes symptoms worse. If you suspect you may have dermatitis or eczema, give our clinic in Bountiful a call for a closer look.
What are the Symptoms of Eczema?
Typically, eczema presents as dry, itchy patches of skin that tends to be worse in the winter time. Eczema symptoms sometimes wax and wane. When exacerbated, eczema can become super-infected, particularly in children.
Eczema in Children and Babies
Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema which often affects babies and children. In fact, up to 20% of children in the US develop it. Our dermatologists in Bountiful see eczema and dermatitis affected patients of all ages and are happy to schedule a visit with you and your child to evaluate and manage his or her eczema.
What Triggers Eczema?
- Causes of eczema include:
- Overreaction to environmental triggers from the environment
- A family history of asthma or allergies
- Irritants like soaps, detergents, and some fabrics
- Climate such as a steep decrease in humidity
Professional Treatment for Eczema in bountiful
Eczema can be a chronic disorder, so effective treatment first begins with education on how to best take care of sensitive skin and how to avoid products and chemicals that can worsen eczema.
Medical treatments for dermatitis and eczema at our Clinic Bountiful include topical steroids and topical medications, oral antihistamines (for itching), antibiotics (for severely infected eczema), and oral steroids. In extreme cases, light therapy or stronger oral medications may be warranted. For a dermatitis and eczema skin evaluation for yourself or your child, call our Bountiful dermatology office today!