Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes persistent, itchy rashes. Although it affects people of all ages, it’s especially common in children. At Rapaport Dermatology of Beverly Hills, board-certified dermatologist Vicki Rapaport, MD, offers advanced skin care solutions and effective management strategies for patients of all ages with eczema. Call your nearest office in Beverly Hills or Culver City, California, today, or click online to schedule a visit any time.
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a bothersome skin condition that causes extremely itchy, sometimes painful rashes. Symptoms often get worse at night, causing an overwhelming urge to itch that makes it hard to sleep; a severe eczema flareup can cause intense itching that breaks the skin and leaves it prone to infection.
Eczema is often thought of as a childhood skin disorder because more than 90% of people who have the condition developed it before their fifth birthday; even so, plenty of older kids, teens, and adults have eczema, too.
Eczema looks different in infants, children, and adults. Infants who develop eczema before their first birthday typically get dry, red, scaly patches on their cheeks, forehead, and scalp; toddlers who develop the condition after their second birthday are more likely to get rashes behind their knees, in the creases of their elbows, or along their neck, wrists, or ankles.
Even though only about half of the people who developed eczema as children continue to have symptoms as adults, those who do are more likely to experience dry, itchy rashes on their faces, necks, or around their eyes; they’re also more likely to develop bigger rashes over larger areas of skin.
Eczema is associated with a genetic variation that affects the skin’s ability to retain moisture. Many children with eczema have a family history of the disorder and/or a personal or family history of hay fever, asthma, or allergies. In some children, food allergies appear to trigger the condition.
When eczema persists into adolescence, it’s much more likely to continue into adulthood. But even though adult eczema is considered a long-term skin disease that can’t be cured, it can be controlled with the right approach.
Getting proper treatment and adhering to an anti-eczema skin care routine is often all it takes to reduce or eliminate symptoms, avoid infections, and prevent flare-ups. An effective eczema treatment aims to:
Depending on the nature and severity of your condition, the team at Rapaport Dermatology of Beverly Hills may recommend oral antibiotics, topical anti-itch medication, anti-inflammatory injectable medications, or light therapy.
If you’re ready to get your eczema under control, call your nearest Rapaport Dermatology of Beverly Hills office or schedule an appointment online today.