Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition. Besides inflammation, there are other symptoms of eczema which include redness of the skin and itching. An outbreak of lesions that can become scaly is another symptom to look for. Eczema is not a contagious disease.
A Dermatologist can prescribe different treatment plans, depending on the individual. The severity of the condition is taken into consideration, as well as the type of eczema that the patient has. Patients with this skin condition tend to need more than one treatment plan and most need to make certain lifestyle changes in order to treat their issues.
The goal of the Dermatologist is to control inflammation, redness, itching and scaling that are all symptoms of eczema. Prescribed treatments may include making sure the skin stays hydrated, and avoiding over bathing. Ointments are used to help with symptoms that consist of a low water-high oil content. Corticosteroid creams are sometimes prescribed to patients to treat inflammation. Antihistamines are prescribed for patients with severe itching.
In certain cases, an oral corticosteroid medication is given but it is not recommended for long time usage. Two topical creams have been approved by the Federal Drug Administration. These creams are called tacrolimus and pimecrolimus. These two topical creams belong to an immune suppressant group. Only a Dermatologist can determine if a patient has eczema, or another skin condition.
You should consult your dermatologist right away if you suspect that you have this skin condition.