Find relief with professional eczema treatments in Newport Beach

Eczema may not be a serious health threat, but this condition, distinguished by inflamed, itchy skin can be highly uncomfortable. If skin dryness and irritation become severe and itching is not controlled, secondary infection becomes a possible concern.

There are varying beliefs on the potential causes of eczema. Though there is a type of eczema triggered by contact with allergens, the other type, atopic eczema, is thought to be the result of genetics. Individuals with atopic eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, may have an overactive immune response. Because eczema can be difficult to manage, there is significant benefit in receiving evaluation and treatments from an experienced Newport Beach dermatologist.

Atopic eczema is a condition for which there is no precise cure. Due to the underlying cause being within the immune system, the goal of your dermatologist is to manage your situation with guidance on lifestyle changes, diet, and prescribed medications or treatments as needed.

Treatment options for eczema vary widely and are based on severity and frequency of flare-ups. Some of the home treatments recommended for eczema include:

  • Don’t scratch!
  • Take lukewarm baths and showers, avoiding extreme temperatures.
  • Use detergents, soaps, and lotions for sensitive skin.
  • Apply cold compresses to irritated skin.
  • Apply lotion after bathing.
  • Use an over-the-counter antihistamine or corticosteroid cream.

Home remedies for eczema may not produce the desired effect, though. More effective treatment options can be provided by your dermatologist.

Dermatologic treatment for eczema includes:

  • Prescription antibiotics if infection is present.
  • Prescription steroid cream.
  • Light therapy. Research has shown that eczema improves with sunlight. Direct sunlight, however, can damage the skin and lead to skin cancer. In the office of your dermatologist, light treatments include safer UV rays that benefit abnormal cells without harming healthy skin.
  • Cydosporine is a prescription medication your dermatologist may suggest to suppress the immune system and reduce allergic response. Typically, this medication is prescribed after other treatments have failed to provide relief.

Symptoms of eczema tend to come and go. Your dermatologist will help you identify triggers that lead to skin irritation, and will design a treatment plan based on the extent and severity of your condition. With the right treatment regimen, it is possible to experience a significant reduction in the uncomfortable symptoms of eczema.

Contact Arta Dermatology in Newport Beach for your private consultation.

 

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