Eczema, also known as dermatitis, is a general term for a group of lifelong conditions that affect 1 in 18 people and cause the skin to become inflamed, red, dry and itchy. In some cases of eczema, a rash might develop in one area or over the entire body.

Atopic eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is the most common form of eczema and usually occurs in people with “atopic tendencies.” This means they have developed any or all of three of the following closely linked conditions: atopic dermatitis, asthma and hay fever.

Adult eczema most often develops on hands, elbows and “bending” areas, such as the inside of an elbow or back of a knee. In young children, eczema most often develops on the elbows, knees, face, neck and scalp.

Eczema’s exact cause is unknown, but evidence suggests it may be genetic because it often affects people who have a personal or family history of asthma, hay fever or other allergies. Eczema symptoms typically flare up when a person is exposed to certain triggers, which may include skin irritants, allergens, climate factors, the environment and stress.

Treatment varies depending on symptoms and triggers. No one treatment is best for everyone, and Raleigh Dermatology’s objective is to prescribe medicine that reduces itching and discomfort, clears infections and prevents additional flare-ups. Treatment options consist of prevention, skin care, medication and phototherapy.

Please contact us at 919-876-3656 to learn more about Eczema or to schedule an appointment.