If your skin is chronically dry, itchy, or plagued by rashes, you may have a skin condition known as eczema. At Northstar Dermatology in Fort Worth, Texas, the board-certified dermatologists are experienced in diagnosing eczema. They treat the condition with safe, effective therapies ranging from topical creams to light therapy to immunosuppressants for severe cases. Don’t put up with the itching and embarrassment of an eczema flare. Book an eczema consultation by calling the office or booking online today. We serve the surrounding areas of North Richland Hills, Southlake, Colleyville, Keller, Hurst, Euless, and Bedford.
Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition that manifests as itchy, dry, scaly, or red skin. Eczema affects about 25% of children and usually appears in the first five years of life.
Most children outgrow eczema. However, about 60% of adults with eczema first had it as a child. You can also develop eczema as an adult.
There are many different types of eczema. Each type has its own set of symptoms and treatments:
This type of dermatitis causes dry, scaly patches on the forehead, face, and scalp. It usually affects infants and children
This type of dermatitis causes dry skin marked with cracks and fissures.
This type of dermatitis results from an allergic reaction to a chemical or irritant.
This type of dermatitis causes tiny blisters on your hands and feet.
This type of dermatitis causes thick, scaly, itchy skin on your hand.
This type of dermatitis affects your genitals or anus.
This type of dermatitis causes round patches or sores that look like ringworm.
This type of dermatitis is caused by poor circulation to lower legs and feet.
Almost everyone develops contact dermatitis at some point during their lives. You may get contact dermatitis if you wear a ring for a long time, touch poison ivy, or wear latex gloves.
If your rash doesn’t clear within a few days, call Northstar Dermatology for diagnosis and treatment.
The most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis. Atopic refers to the tendency to have an allergic reaction. You may have developed allergies and eczema because your immune system is over-reactive. Both allergies and eczema tend to run in families.
Although some types of eczema are self-limited and resolve with treatment, many cases are chronic. Though you can alleviate symptoms during a flare, you will experience another flare down the road.
Northstar Dermatology helps you identify all of your eczema triggers so you can avoid them as much as possible.
Your dermatologist at Northstar Dermatology first diagnoses the type of eczema you have through observation and reviewing your medical history. They may administer skin patch tests if they suspect that allergies are behind your eczema flares.
Treatment varies depending on the type and severity of your eczema, but may include:
Relief from eczema flares starts with an accurate diagnosis. Contact Northstar Dermatology by phone or book an appointment online today.