Eczema

Eczema
Eczema causes rough, bumpy, and even painful skin. It often affects children but can occur in patients of any age. Dr. Michael J. Freeman, David Kosiorek, PA-C, Dave Runyon, PA-C, and Sue Schmeltz, PA-C offer effective treatments that will give patients in Ocala, Florida, and The Villages, Florida, areas relief from the symptoms of eczema. Contact the offices of Michael J. Freeman, MD, PA today to schedule an appointment.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema is a skin condition that results from inflammation. Eczema can be extremely uncomfortable and frustrating. It causes severe itching and can become so intrusive that it may even result in a lower quality of life. Eczema impacts around 35 million Americans today, mainly infants and children.

Can children outgrow eczema?

In some cases, children can outgrow eczema. However, more than half of the time the condition follows them into their adult years. For this reason, early treatment is very important to maximize their comfort and quality of life.

How can you recognize eczema?

Eczema usually appears as red, patchy, and dry skin that tends to itch persistently and intensely. Eczema may become so inflamed that your skin cracks and starts to leak and ooze. It can occur in nearly any part of your body but appears most often on your:

  • Face
  • Hands
  • Feet
  • Back of your knees

Why does eczema happen?

Many factors may contribute to the development of eczema, including environmental issues. Some possible causes include:

  • Environmental allergens like pollen, mold, or chemicals
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Food allergens like peanuts, milk, or soy

How can eczema be treated?

Dr. Freeman and his team of Physician Assistants will create an eczema treatment and management plan just for you. Lifestyle changes can be very helpful in dealing with eczema outbreaks. His suggestions may include:

  • A new skin care routine that includes specially formulated, ultra gentle cleansers
  • Using gloves to protect your hands when you’re outdoors or exposed to water
  • Using an ultra mild soap for bathing
  • Using an emollient-rich moisturizer immediately after bathing
  • Plenty of water intake (eight glasses a day minimum) to help your body retain moisture to hydrate your skin

Dr. Freeman may also prescribe medications and treatments to help with eczema control and management, including:

  • Topical corticosteroid creams
  • Topical calcineurin inhibitor creams
  • Systemic oral medications
  • Phytotherapy (ultraviolet light exposure)

While there isn't currently a true cure for eczema, it can often be well controlled with lifestyle choices and medications.

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