Eczema, also known as a type of atopic dermatitis, is particularly common among babies and children, but can still affect many adults. It manifests as scaly skin, redness, itching, face or body rashes, and even cracks behind the ears. At Greenwich Point Dermatology in Greenwich, CT, Dr. Dolder has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating eczema in patients of all ages so that you and your family can find relief.
What causes eczema?
The exact cause of atopic dermatitis and eczema is unknown, but it’s often seen in families who also suffer from allergies and/ or asthma, suggesting a connection to the body’s immune response. There are a number of common triggers seen across eczema sufferers, including:
- dry skin
- chemical irritants (hand and dish soap, detergent, soap, shampoo)
- extreme temperatures
- bacterial or fungal infections
- seasonal allergies
- hormonal fluctuations
During your appointment, Dr. Dolder can help you identify your triggers and suggest ways for avoiding them.
What are my treatment options for eczema?
There are a variety of treatment options for eczema ranging from the severity and location of your symptoms. Light treatments, oral medications, and topical creams like anti-inflammatory or effective emollients can help you find relief.
For a longer term solution, it’s important to establish a compatible skin regimen and to avoid your specific triggers. Many patients find relief just by becoming more mindful of wearing comfortable fabrics and removing irritating allergens from their home.