Allergy and Asthma Clinic of Central Texas
Allergy and Asthma Specialists located in Austin, TX & Cedar Park, TX
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, leads to rashes, bumps, redness, and severely dry skin patches. Before your next eczema flare-up occurs, see how the team at Allergy and Asthma Clinic of Central Texas can help. With locations in Austin, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Killeen, and Round Rock, Texas, you have a clinic nearby. Book your eczema evaluation by clicking on the online scheduler. You can also call your closest office to schedule.
Eczema Q & A
What is eczema?
Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a chronic skin condition that most commonly affects children, although men and women of any age can have uncomfortable flare-ups, too. Normally, your skin retains a certain amount of moisture that serves as a barrier from harmful outside irritants, bacteria, and allergens.
When you have eczema, you have an inherited gene variation that limits your skin’s ability to retain adequate moisture for protection. As a result, your skin easily becomes irritated, red, and overly dry. If you also have allergies, hay fever, or asthma, your chances of developing eczema dramatically increase.
Are there symptoms of eczema?
Yes, although signs and symptoms of eczema vary widely. Common issues associated with an eczema flare-up include:
- Dry, scaly, flaky skin
- Raw and overly sensitive skin
- Itchy skin, especially at night
- Thickened patches of skin
Eczema patches can appear red to brownish-gray and can develop anywhere on your body. Usually, though, eczema flare-ups form on your upper chest, neck, lower extremities, and inside the bends of your elbows and knees. Babies can even have eczema patches on their scalp.
While no cure exists for eczema, this chronic condition is certainly manageable with the help of the specialized team at Allergy and Asthma Clinic of Central Texas.
How is eczema treated?
Diagnosing eczema is usually a simple process that involves evaluating your medical history and current flare-up (if applicable). Because eczema is easily triggered by allergens, your dedicated practitioner at Allergy and Asthma Clinic of Central Texas may also conduct extensive allergy testing, including skin-prick testing, to determine if allergies are to blame. This way, you know exactly what to avoid to lower your risk of a future eczema breakout.
Depending on the severity and frequency of your eczema flare-ups, your treatment plan can include:
- Wet dressings
- Light therapy
- Biologic injections
- Topical corticosteroid creams
- Prescription oral corticosteroid medications
- Antibiotic medications for bacterial infections
It’s also important to avoid extremely hot or cold temperatures, as these factors can trigger eczema flare-ups. The team at Allergy and Asthma Clinic of Central Texas monitors you regularly and makes any essential adjustments to your eczema management plan so you can expect fast and effective treatment.
Get relief from eczema by starting treatment at Allergy and Asthma Clinic of Central Texas as soon as possible. Schedule your eczema appointment online or over the phone.