Eczema is a general term used to describe inflamed skin which can often appear as dry, red, itchy, or flaky. There are many forms and causes of eczema. Some patients have a type of eczema known as atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis (AD) is an immune-mediated disease due to dysregulation of the part of the immune system that mediates allergies. Atopic dermatitis tends to run in families and is associated with asthma and hay fever. Eczema can also be triggered by dry skin (as is more common in winter months or with hard water), or an allergen (something the patient is allergic to) touching the skin. Fortunately, we have an ever-increasing number of treatment options available to us to treat eczema, including topical medication, skin care regimens including gentle washes and moisturizing creams, guidelines to help with skin irritant avoidance, light therapy (phototherapy) to calm down inflamed skin, oral medications, and even biologic treatments such as dupilumab. Please don’t hesitant to contact us at Juniper Dermatology to effectively diagnose and treat your specific skin concern.
We are seeing teledermatology through the end of the month.