Atopic dermatitis, or eczema, is a common skin condition that can affect people of all ages but is most common in infants and children. Patients with eczema have dry, sensitive skin that periodically flares up with a red, itchy rash. Eczema can be mild or severe and depending on the degree, may significantly impact the patient's lifestyle and self-esteem. The medical professionals at SBA Dermatology & Plastic Surgery offer a variety of options for eczema treatment in their Houston practice.
Understanding this Condition
While the exact cause of eczema is not known, it has been found to be hereditary and tends to run in families with seasonal allergies or asthma. In children and adults, eczema typically occurs on the face, neck, and along the insides of the elbows, knees, and ankles. In infants, it commonly occurs on the scalp, forehead, cheeks, neck, forearms, and legs.
There is currently no known cure for eczema. When you meet with one of our medical professionals, she will determine which treatment will most likely control its symptoms. Possible options include:
- Preventative measures that can minimize the effects of eczema include daily use of moisturizers and avoiding triggers such as specific foods, fabrics, and soap
- Cortisone creams and ointments
- Topical immunomodulators, such as tacrolimus (Protopic®) and pimecrolimus (Elidel).
If your child has moderate to severe eczema, it is especially important that you visit us regularly to watch for any associated complications, such as skin infections. Qualified patients with moderate to severe eczema can elect to participate in eczema studies through our Austin Institute for Clinical Research in Houston.
When it comes to treating your skin, it's important to choose a specialist who knows the skin inside and out. To find out more about your eczema treatment options, schedule an appointment to meet with one of our board-certified dermatologists or other experienced medical practitioners by calling our office at 713-850-0240.