Eczema treatments plus home care ease the symptoms of our Ashburn area patients
Severe inflammation and itchiness may not be classified as a major medical condition. These symptoms of eczema can, however, be extremely disruptive to an adequate quality of life. There is, as well, the risk of infection if irritation and severe dryness and itching are not well-managed.
Research has yet to identify a cause for the chronic condition of atopic eczema. Genetics is one factor that may play a role. Researchers also believe that overactivity within the immune system leads to the extraordinary response to certain triggers. Due to the difficulty that surrounds eczema and the management of healthy skin, professional treatments coupled with home care may lead to the best possible results. In our offices near Ashburn, we design care around each patient.
Although its origin in the immune system makes eczema an incurable condition, at least for now, several remedies have been found beneficial in the management of healthy skin. In consultation with our patients, we discuss home care after a thorough examination during which we can also identify a medical treatment plan. Professional care may involve prescription creams or oral medication, depending on symptoms. We also discuss how to minimize the risk of flare-ups and reduce the extent of irritation when it does occur. Home care may include:
- Application of over-the-counter corticosteroid or antihistamine cream as needed.
- Keep skin moisturized by applying appropriate lotion after bathing.
- Apply cold to soothe irritated skin.
- Use sensitive-skin lotions, soaps, and detergents.
- Try to avoid extreme temperatures whenever possible.
- Do not scratch irritated skin.
In addition to home care, your doctor may develop a skin care plan that involves:
- Prescription steroid cream,
- Antibiotics for the treatment of infection, if necessary.
- Oral medication that may reduce allergic response by suppressing the immune system. Immunosuppressant medication is typically used only after all other options have been exhausted.
- Light therapy can be extremely beneficial to soothe irritated, itchy skin. Light therapy is not the same as sitting in the sun or using a tanning bed. The light therapy performed by your dermatologist uses the safest possible UV wavelengths for optimal results with minimal impact on healthy skin.
Fortunately, most eczema symptoms are only temporary. Working with your dermatologist in Northern Virginia, you can determine the factors that trigger eczema and minimize the effect this condition has on your life.
Contact us in Centreville or Sterling to schedule your consultation.
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