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Mohs Surgery & Dermatology Center -  - Dermatology

Mohs Surgery & Dermatology Center

Dermatologists & Mohs Surgery located in Elgin, Huntley & Crystal Lake, IL

If you have recurrent patches of dry, red, and itchy skin, you may be suffering from eczema. The expert dermatologists at Mohs Surgery & Dermatology Center understand the frustration this chronic condition can cause and create individualized treatment plans to help patients effectively manage the disease. If you’re suffering from the discomfort of eczema, book an appointment online or call one of the three offices in Elgin, Huntley, Crystal Lake, and Fox Lake, Illinois.

Eczema Q & A

What is Eczema?

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a chronic condition characterized by red and itchy skin. While eczema most commonly affects children, it can affect adolescents and adults as well.

This condition often has periods of increased severity, and at times it may seem to resolve completely. A flare-up may last a few days or several weeks.

The areas of the body most commonly affected by eczema include the knees, arms, legs, and face. Left untreated, eczema can cause skin infections, systemic inflammatory reactions, and increased severity of symptoms.

What are the Symptoms of Eczema?

Eczema often presents in patches that vary in size and location. These may resolve and reappear over time, and they may be:

  • Red and itchy
  • Scaly and dry
  • Sensitive or raw
  • Discolored or thickened

You may also have small, palpable bumps, either on or below the surface of your skin. These bumps may harden or leak fluid when you scratch them.

What Causes Eczema?

The causes of eczema may be a combination of hereditary and environmental factors. A strong risk factor is a family history of eczema or other skin conditions.

Food allergies are also a common cause of eczema. Symptoms can be more severe in response to foods like:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Gluten
  • Wheat
  • Soy

You may also be at greater risk if you also have conditions like asthma, hay fever, or environmental allergies.

How is Eczema Treated?

Your dermatology team works closely with you to help determine what factors cause your eczema symptoms. At the Mohs Surgery & Dermatology Center, the experts take a holistic approach focused on decreasing symptoms and preventing infection. Treatments may include:

  • Dietary changes
  • Healthy skin care
  • Avoidance of allergens

Your dermatology team may also suggest different types medications, like topical creams and oral steroids, to decrease the inflammation associated with eczema. Light therapy, which uses light waves to encourage healing of the tissues, may be another viable treatment option.

Your dermatology experts are committed to helping you find relief from your eczema symptoms and giving you the tools to help prevent future flare-ups.

If you’re suffering from eczema, call Mohs Surgery & Dermatology Center or book an appointment online today.