Eczema

Eczema is the collective term for a group of skin conditions that can cause rough patches of skin that look leathery or scaly and can be dry, itchy and red. Eczema is not contagious, but the exact cause of eczema is unknown. Researchers have found that your genetics can make you more likely to develop eczema, and you may be at a higher risk if you also have asthma or allergies. There are several different types of eczema. The most common type is atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is an immunologic response to an irritant or allergen. The rash can develop at any age, it may come and go, and you may not know what triggers your flare ups.  Other types of eczema include:

  • Contact dermatitis
  • Dyshydrotic eczema 
  • Nummular eczema
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Stasis dermatitis

Eczema develops when an irritant triggers your immune system. Some common triggers include:

  • Soaps
  • Laundry detergents
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Food such as chocolate, nuts, and soy
  • Medications
  • Stress
  • Wool and synthetic fabrics

There is currently no cure for eczema at this time, but the specialists at Columbia Allergy will create an individualized treatment plan to reduce the frequency and severity of your eczema symptoms. Your Columbia Allergy team can help you to identify your triggers through the use of skin prick, intradermal, and patch testing. Our providers will help you to control your symptoms through the use of eczema friendly skin products, prescribe medications, and provide allergy treatments as needed. If you are suffering from eczema, call your nearest location or schedule an appointment online today!

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