Could an itchy, recurring rash be a sign of eczema?
Eczema is a group of skin conditions that can lead to red, irritated skin. Sometimes referred to as atopic dermatitis, eczema can cause an itchy rash to develop anywhere on the body. If you are dealing with any changes in your skin that have you concerned, our dermatologists in Bridgewater, Mt. Arlington, and Morristown, NJ, can perform a simple physical examination to see if eczema could be to blame.
What are the symptoms of eczema?
Itchy skin is by far the most common symptom associated with eczema. Most people with eczema battle really intensely itchy skin. In fact, the itching can become so bad that people can make themselves bleeds. Eczema can also cause skin to be:
- Rough and “leathery” in appearance
You may also notice dark patches or crusting on the skin. Sometimes people experience all of these symptoms while others may only experience a couple. Of course, if you notice any changes in your skin, particularly inflamed and itchy skin, our dermatologists here in Bridgewater, Mt. Arlington, and Morristown, NJ, can help.
What causes eczema?
Unfortunately, no one really knows what causes eczema. However, it is thought to be the result of an overactive immune system in the presence of an irritant. This is why eczema is more commonly found among families as well as those with asthma and allergies.
What triggers eczema?
While the cause of your eczema may not be determined we can and should figure out what is triggering your eczema symptoms. Common triggers include:
- Certain fabrics (e.g. wool)
- Cigarette smoke
- Soaps and detergents
- Hot, dry weather
How is eczema treated?
While there is no cure for eczema, our dermatologists can offer a variety of treatment options to help reduce flare-ups and avoid triggers. While avoidance of allergens and triggers is crucial, your doctor may also provide a prescription-strength steroid cream to apply directly to the skin to reduce inflammation and redness. Medication such as oral antihistamines may also improve itching. Severe cases could benefit from phototherapy, or light therapy.
Call Affiliated Dermatologists Today
If you are looking for a dermatologist in Bridgewater, Mt. Arlington, or Morristown, NJ, that can help you manage your eczema symptoms for the long term, then call Affiliated Dermatologists today at (973) 267-0300.