Eczema is a rash that can be dry or weepy in nature and is typically very itchy. There are many special types of eczema, and they include atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, hand eczema, and asteatotic eczema.
Atopic dermatitis is the name given to a stubborn, itchy rash that occurs in certain persons with sensitive skin. It tends to occur in “atopic” families or those that have members who have asthma, allergies, hay fever, sinus problems, and/or eczema. It usually begins within the first five years of life and may or may not be "outgrown" at adolescence. Certain measures may minimize the risk for breaking out. These include bathing with mild, unscented cleansers and using non-fragranced moisturizers after baths and showers. We sell 2 lines for very sensitive skin at our Aesthetic Center, Vani Cream and LaRoche-Posay. Our trained staff can assist you with your selections.
Any or all of the following may be used in the treatment of atopic dermatitis: topical steroids, systemic steroids, topical or oral immune modulators, oral antihistamines, antibiotics, and phototherapy. Your physician will help guide you with the best treatment for you.
Hand eczema can be mild to severe in nature and has many causes. Without proper treatment, hand eczema can become long lasting and can even interfere with normal day to day activities. Treatment involves the use of topical steroids, systemic steroids, topical immune modulators, phototherapy, and sometimes systemic retinoid (derivatives of Vitamin A).
To lesson the risk of hand dermatitis, we recommend protecting hands against harsh soaps, cleansers and other chemicals by wearing gloves. Also, moisturize your hands frequently with a good hand cream after washing and throughout the day.
This is dry skin that has become inflamed. It almost looks like a dry cracked lake bed. This is easily treated with topical steroids and good moisturizers. Contact Dermatitis This is a rash that occurs from being exposed to a substance that a person is allergic to. The classic example is poison ivy or poison oak. This is best treated with topical and sometimes systemic steroids. There is no shot to prevent breakouts. However, if an exposed person washes the area well within 15 minutes, it minimizes the chance of a breakout.
Dyshidrosis or Dyshidrotic Eczema
This is an inherited form of eczema that is characterized by small blisters along fingers, toes, hands, or feet. Treatment includes topical steroids, systemic steroids, topical immune modulators, phototherapy, and antihistamines, or other oral medications.