Eczema is an itchy, irritating chronic skin condition that can affect your comfort and appearance. Double board-certified dermatologists Chelsey Straight, MD, FAAD, FACMS, and Christopher Chu, MD, FAAD, and the team at Pure Dermatology in Austin, Texas, understand the importance of individualized eczema treatments. That’s why the team works with you to develop a plan based on your triggers, diet, and lifestyle habits. Call the clinic today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is an inflammatory skin condition that causes red, itchy, dry patches of skin. The condition weakens your skin barrier, leading to itching, pain, and discomfort. While eczema isn’t contagious, it can flare up without warning. Understanding your specific triggers can help reduce the frequency of flare-ups and protect your skin.
Eczema can appear differently depending on a wide range of factors, including the type and severity. Common symptoms of eczema typically include:
While you may be tempted to scratch these lesions, doing so can cause tears in the skin that lead to infection. A proper diagnosis and targeted treatment plan are essential to managing eczema symptoms and reducing flare-ups.
Eczema has no known cause, but most dermatologists agree it runs in families. Allergies, asthma, and other chronic conditions may also increase your risk of eczema. Many factors can trigger uncomfortable flare-ups, including:
Stress can also trigger eczema by weakening your immune function. At Pure Dermatology, the dermatologic team considers your diet, lifestyle, and genetic factors when making treatment recommendations.
The dermatologists at Pure Dermatology perform a comprehensive skin exam to diagnose eczema. They ask questions about your medical and family history, diet, lifestyle habits, and more to determine your risk for the condition. Tell your provider if you have allergies, asthma, and other chronic conditions that increase your risk of eczema.
Finally, the team may conduct a skin allergy patch test or biopsy to rule out underlying conditions and rashes.
Eczema has no cure, but relief is possible with individualized care from the expert dermatologists at Pure Dermatology. After a thorough skin check, the team may recommend:
Moisturizing regularly is essential if you have eczema. The team can recommend appropriate skin care products to manage your condition.
Call Pure Dermatology today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about eczema.