WHAT IS IT?
Eczema is characterized by chronic, extreme dryness of the skin that may result in itching, burning, and patchy redness. Eczema patches, which can occur anywhere on the skin, may ooze, become scaly, crusted or hardened . These patches are most commonly found on the flexors (bends of the arms and the backs of the knees).
WHY DOES IT OCCUR?
The exact cause of eczema is unknown. With that said, there are often genetic, immunological and environmental factors that play a role in one’s development of this condition. While the irritated patches can come and go, the chronic nature of the condition often results in the patches migrating around the body.
CAN IT BE TREATED?
Although there is no current cure for eczema, most cases can be effectively managed through a careful identification of the underlying cause and a specific medical regimen. Prescription creams that contain natural chemicals and antihistamines have shown to be effective. Your doctor may choose to support the immune system to address the underlying cause of the eczema. Another form of treatment involves applying ultraviolet light to the affected area.
Treatments for Eczema include the following:
- UVB Phototherapy
- Topical steriods