Eczema’s official name is atopic dermatitis. This skin disease is characterized by patches of dry, scaly, and itchy skin. This problem is common in children, although adults can have it as well. People with eczema can visit a dermatologist to find relief from the symptoms of this skin condition.
There is not currently a cure for atopic dermatitis. Instead, a skin doctor focuses on helping patients manage this skin disease through various treatments. Treatment focuses on relieving symptoms, preventing infections and rashes from worsening, preventing thickened skin that constantly itches, and cutting down on emotional symptoms caused by having the skin disease.
A dermatologist creates a tailored treatment plan that focuses on each patient’s particular situation and needs. This plan includes a combination approach with a skin care routine and certain changes to lifestyle to help prevent itchy flare-ups and medication to manage the symptoms of a flare-up. Medications are used to lessen swelling, reduce itchiness and lesions, and clear up lesions and infection.
A dermatologist could prescribe medications or recommend over-the-counter treatments. These could include topical corticosteroids or calcineurin inhibitors. Since the immune system is connected to skin inflammation, a dermatologist may suggest immunosuppressant medication, which could include cyclosporine, methotrexate, or mycophenolate mofetil.
In addition to medications, a dermatologist might recommend taking bleach baths, using moisturizers for the skin, or trying phototherapy, a form of light therapy. Other options include psychodermatologic, which includes relaxing techniques such as meditation to calm the skin and cut down on scratching, and alternative therapies such as dietary changes, acupuncture, vitamins, or herbs. Many alternative treatments could be tried in addition to medications and skin care routines.
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