Are you frustrated with patches of dry skin that seem relentless? Do you feel like your skin is always itchy, no matter what you try or how much you moisturize? Seeking the help of a dermatologist could make all the difference for you! Contact us today at the Dermatology Center of the Rockies to schedule a consultation! We proudly serve you from Estes Park, CO, and Longmont, CO!

What Is Eczema?

Eczema is a skin condition that results in patches of dry, itchy skin. The most common form of this skin condition is atopic dermatitis, and, while this condition is chronic and incurable, there are options available to help lessen the effects and symptoms such as:

Bumps that are red in color and raised from the skin

Common symptoms of eczema include:

  • Dry skin
  • Frequent and severe itching
  • Patches that are red to brownish-gray in color on areas of the body like the ankles, bends of elbows and knees, chest, eyelids, face, feet, hands, neck, upper chest, or wrists
  • Skin that is sensitive or swollen from scratching
  • Thickened or cracked scalp

Symptoms of eczema vary for each person, and flares of the condition may manifest themselves differently.

What Affects Eczema?

Eczema is a skin condition that can be easily affected both positively and negatively.

Some of the triggers of eczema flares include:

  • Animal dander or saliva
  • Cough, cold, or flu symptoms
  • Dust
  • Excessive sweating

While there are various things that can irritate this skin condition, there are also several ways to help prevent skin from becoming dry and itchy. Some at-home self-care steps include:

  • Avoiding triggers and irritants as much as possible
  • Drying carefully after bathing
  • Moisturizing regularly and at least twice a day
  • Taking shorter showers or baths
  • Using only gentle soaps and cleaning products

Eczema itself is caused by a variety of factors. Common influences are allergies, asthma, and genetic history. Location can also affect this condition as residents of cities or polluted areas tend to show symptoms more often.

Can I Treat Eczema?

Eczema cannot be cured, but many people outgrow this skin condition as they get older. If it persists, eczema can be controlled. A consultation with a member of our team in Colorado is the best way to learn the best way to treat your symptoms. Some possible treatment options available include antihistamines, oral antibiotics, or topical corticosteroid medications. These treatments should help reduce the effects of eczema, but results will vary.

Schedule Your Consultation!

If you have more questions or concerns about eczema, contact us today at the Dermatology Center of the Rockies! We invite you to schedule a consultation with our team in either of our offices in Estes Park or Longmont, Colorado, to learn more about skin conditions. Contact us today!

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