Don’t suffer with itchy, painful skin any longer. Treat your eczema with FoundationMED in Raleigh, North Carolina. Instead of simply treating the symptoms of your flare ups, we take a closer look to understand the root cause of your eczema.

Eczema is a broad term that can refer to several different conditions that cause the skin to be inflamed or irritated. Eczema affects about 10% to 20% of infants and roughly 3% of adults and children in the US. Symptoms of eczema often come and go with flare ups and remissions. Some people outgrow eczema conditions while others live with them through their entire lives.

Causes Of Eczema

The causes of eczema are typically a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Understanding your genetic predispositions can help you avoid or manage the environmental factors that cause flare ups. Skin that does not produce an adequate amount of fats and oils or skin dried out due to everyday substances can also case flare ups.

Types of Eczema

Eczema is a catch-all term for many kinds of dermatitis and skin issues. Here are a few of the most common types.

Atopic Dermatitis – This is the most common form of eczema. It often begins during childhood and affects the face, hands, feet, inner elbows and back of the knees. Allergy triggers often make symptoms worse.

Asteatotic Eczema – This form of eczema is more common in older individuals, and can affect the shins, thighs, arms, back and abdomen. People exposed to dry weather or excessive bathing are at risk for developing asteatotic eczema.

Contact Dermatitis – This form of eczema occurs as a result of contact with irritants or allergens.

Dyshidrotic Eczema – Also called pompholyx eczema, this form of eczema involves the development of intensely itch, watery blisters, often around the sides of the fingers, palms of the hands and soles of the feet.

Seborrhoeic Dermatitis – This scaly rash typically affects the face, scalp and chest and appears in areas of the skin with large numbers of sebaceous glands, such as the sides of the nose and the scalp.

There are many forms of eczema. The ones listed above are just a brief sample of the most common forms. Find the root cause of your eczema with FoundationMED. Together, we’ll not only find a treatment to save you from the miserable symptoms and flare ups, but assess and address the underlying issues behind your eczema.

Eczema Symptoms

The primary symptoms of eczema are a rash and itchy skin. The skin may become itchy before a rash develops. In adults, these often happen on the face, wrists, hands, feet and the backs of the knees. The skin can be dry, thick or scaly and lead to oozing and crusting.

Fever, redness, warmth and blisters are potential signs of an infection. If you have any of these symptoms, see a doctor as soon as possible.