Eczema

Crane Dermatology Associates, PA

Board-Certified Dermatologists located in Wilmington, Clinton, and Burgaw - North Carolina

Eczema describes an entire class of skin conditions that cause you to itch, redden, and sometimes form lesions. If you suspect you or someone in your family has eczema, trust the experience of the team of providers at Crane Dermatology in Wilmington, North Carolina. Call to book an appointment or schedule using the online form to have your eczema evaluated and treated.

Eczema Q & A

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Eczema is common in babies and children but can develop at any age. You might notice that your skin itches intensely at first, with a rash appearing later. Other specific symptoms include:

  • Rashes that ooze or get crusty with repetitive itching
  • Burning outbreaks in sensitive areas, like the eyelids
  • Various lesions that might be round, coin-shaped, pustular and fluid filled or red bumps
  • “Hot” spots in the folds of the elbow and knee, torso, and face
  • Dry, sensitive skin with painful cracks
  • Dark, leathery, or scaly patches of skin

The symptoms of eczema can be mild, moderate, or severe.

What causes eczema?

Eczema is not contagious, so you can’t catch it from coming into contact with someone who has it. It’s most likely a genetic condition aggravated by specific triggers, including:

  • Excessive washing of the skin with harsh soaps or detergents
  • Contact with abrasive chemicals or particular ingredients in lotions
  • Sweating
  • Rough wool clothing
  • Food allergies
  • Certain bacteria

What are the types of eczema?

One of the most common types of eczema is atopic dermatitis, a red and itchy rash that usually shows on your arms, legs, or cheeks as a result of an overactive immune system. Other types of eczema include:

  • Contact dermatitis, resulting from touching a trigger, such as soap or clothing
  • Dyshidrotic eczema, which appears as blisters on the hands and soles of the feet
  • Nummular eczema characterized by coin-shaped, itchy lesions on the skin
  • Seborrheic dermatitis that appears in places with oil-producing glands such as the nose and scalp
  • Stasis dermatitis that appears on the legs on the skin over varicose veins

How is eczema treated?

The providers at Crane Dermatology can help you manage your eczema, so you experience less itching and irritation, but no one has a cure for the condition. They may offer topical creams, light therapy, and certain medications.

Lifestyle habits, such as avoiding known triggers and regularly moisturizing, can also help reduce the frequency and severity of your eczema flare-ups.

For more information on eczema and your health, call Crane Dermatology or book an appointment using the online feature.