Eczema Specialist

DFW Asthma & Allergy Center

Allergy & Immunology located in Plano, TX

Eczema typically comes and goes in response to triggers, but when the skin condition flares up, it causes severe itching and embarrassing skin rashes. If you or your child develop eczema, Aasia Ghazi, MD, at DFW Asthma & Allergy Center can help you get relief from your symptoms with personalized treatments that heal your skin and prevent flare-ups. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Plano, Texas, or use the online booking feature today.

Eczema Q&A

What is eczema?

Though eczema often describes atopic dermatitis, the term refers to a group of chronic inflammatory skin conditions. The different types of eczema include:

  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Dyshidrotic eczema
  • Neurodermatitis
  • Nummular eczema
  • Seborrheic dermatitis

The underlying cause depends on the type of eczema. For example, atopic dermatitis begins when your immune system overreacts and triggers inflammation. In all types of eczema, the skin's natural barrier breaks down, resulting in dry skin and rashes.

What symptoms does eczema cause?

Atopic dermatitis, the most common type, usually begins in the first six months of a child's life. The symptoms may improve as they get older, but for many, eczema comes and goes throughout their lifetime.

Eczema is known for causing itching that's often intense and symptoms that flare up in response to a trigger. In addition to itching, you have one or more of the following:

  • Red, inflamed skin
  • Small red bumps
  • Blisters that ooze and crust over
  • Raw, sensitive skin
  • Scaly, dry skin
  • Thickened, discolored skin

 

Without treatment, the itching eczema causes leads to repeated scratching. The ongoing scratching causes skin damage and more inflammation, which leads to an ongoing cycle of eczema flare-ups.

What triggers eczema?

 

Allergies often trigger an eczema flare-up. However, there are many possible triggers, including:

 

  • Certain foods
  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Soap
  • Skin care products
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Antibacterial ointments

 

Dry skin and taking a bath or shower in hot water can also trigger a flare.

How is eczema treated?

Your eczema treatment from DFW Asthma & Allergy Center includes:

Diligent skin care

Protecting and strengthening your skin barrier is an essential part of your eczema treatment. Your provider teaches you about the best way to care for your skin and recommends skin care products that don't contain irritating ingredients.

The basics of skin care include frequently applying a moisturizer, using gentle cleansing products, and taking short showers using warm water.

Allergy treatment

If allergies trigger your eczema, it's important to avoid your allergens. Getting allergy shots also helps prevent skin flare-ups.

Medications

Your provider may prescribe medications such as corticosteroids and immunosuppressants. If you have moderate to severe eczema that doesn’t improve with other treatments, you may be a good candidate for biologic therapy. Biologic medications reduce skin inflammation by calming your immune system.

If you develop an itchy, ongoing skin rash, call DFW Asthma & Allergy Center or book an appointment online today.