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Causes and Treatment of Eczema

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Causes and Treatment of Eczema

Posted by Johns Creek Dermatology in Skin Conditions 24 Aug 2016

Eczema is an unpleasant skin condition that can affect people of all ages. If you suffer from this condition and live in the Johns Creek area, Dr. Shereen Timani at Johns Creek Family Medicine can offer you different treatment options.

Causes of Eczema

Eczema occurs when the skin becomes inflamed and results in irritation or a rash that may be widespread or limited to a certain part of the body. The most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis, which is generally considered to be a chronic condition. The exact cause of eczema can be difficult to trace, but it often results from an allergic reaction that causes the immune system to overreact. According to the Mayo Clinic, eczema can also be caused by bacteria creating a film on the skin that blocks sweat glands. This condition often runs in families but is not considered to be contagious. Symptoms include itchy skin and rashes that occur on the face, hands, feet and other parts of the body.

Treatment

There are a variety of treatments that can be tried to minimize your symptoms and eliminate the inflammation. Steroid creams that keep inflammation and itching under control and repair the skin are often affective and can provide a soothing effect to the skin. If your eczema has caused an infection or any cracking of the skin due to scratching, you may need to go on an antibiotic regimen. An immunosuppressant medication may also need to be prescribed if your eczema is considered severe. Dr. Timani can also discuss additional treatment options with you when you come in for your appointment.

Prevention

You can take measures to prevent eczema outbreaks or reduce some of the symptoms. It is recommended that you limit your shower or bath time to no more than 15 minutes and use mild soaps that do not remove too many natural oils from the skin. You should moisturize your skin daily using creams or lotions with ingredients that are known for their therapeutic effects.

Johns Creek Dermatology can offer you treatment for your eczema and provide you with additional information that can help you take control over this skin condition. Dr. Timani is always happy to welcome patients who live in South Forsyth, Gwinnett and North Fulton counties and the surrounding North Atlanta area including the following communities in Georgia: Alpharetta, Cumming, Suwanee, Roswell, Duluth, and Norcross.

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