Eczema, Atopic Dermatitis
Eczema is a condition where the skin can become inflamed or irritated. In most cases it involves rashes on the knees, elbows, hands or scalp. The skin may have patches, become dry and scaly, or itch. Interestingly, eczema often begins in the first few years of life.
Eczema is a chronic disease of the skin, it is not uncommon for children with eczema to go on to develop asthma or allergic rhinitis later in life. We are able to identify eczema in infants and this can help indicate potential for allergic triggers later in life.
Symptoms of eczema in adults usually include a rash that can be patches of skin that are itchy, or dry skin. The most common locations for this rash in adults are the face, elbows, knees, hands or scalp.
Your doctor may consider prescribing simple medications or lotions to see if the skin can improve. Often times with the right treatments the symptoms of itchiness and redness can get better. Taking care of your skin is important if you have eczema. This includes avoiding soaps that are drying, because this can trigger symptoms. Often times, non-soap cleansers can help. Moisturizers can also provide relief. Our board certified physicians at Chicago Allergy & Asthma are experts in treating eczema. Call or click below to make an appointment today.