Dermatology Specialists of Gainesville
Dermatologists located in Newberry, FL & Chiefland, FL
According to the National Eczema Association, as many as 30 million Americans are living with eczema. Dr. Christina Mitchell of Dermatology Specialists of Gainesville in Newberry, Florida, is among them. Her own struggles with eczema give her a unique perspective on the condition and a deep level of compassion for those who share the experience. To learn more about her approach to treating eczema schedule a consultation today, online or by phone.
Eczema Q & A
What is eczema?
Eczema is not a single condition but a group of skin conditions that causes red, itchy, and inflamed skin. It’s a common problem that can be challenging to live with. While there’s no cure for eczema it is possible to manage the condition and reduce its negative impact on your daily life.
Researchers are unsure of the exact cause of eczema but believe a combination of genetics and environmental factors are to blame. It isn’t something that can spread from one person to another.
What are the symptoms of eczema?
Everyone has a unique experience of eczema, and your symptoms may not resemble those of a friend or loved one. Some of the more common symptoms present in adults include:
- Rashes over many areas of your body
- Persistent itching
- Scaly, thick skin
- Dry skin
- Rashes that become infected
The appearance of your rashes will depend in large part on whether you scratch or otherwise irritate your skin and whether an infection is present.
How is eczema treated?
Eczema cannot be cured, but it’s possible to manage the condition by working with a skilled dermatologist like Dr. Mitchell. Medication may play a role in your treatment plan. Some drugs work by reducing inflammation while others address itching, immune system response, viral and fungal infections, or water loss through the surface of your skin.
Light therapy can also help manage eczema by exposing your skin to carefully controlled ultraviolet waves.
What are eczema triggers?
Eczema triggers are environmental factors known to worsen flare-ups. Some examples include:
- Harsh soaps, detergents, shampoos, and other products
- Certain bacteria, fungi, and viruses
- Allergens like mold, pollen, dandruff, and pet dander
- Hormonal fluctuation
- Changes in temperature
Learning to recognize and avoid environmental triggers is an important part of managing your eczema. To learn more or explore treatment options book a one-on-one consultation today. Online scheduling is available, or you can always call or stop by the office to check availability.