Eczema and Dry Skin
Learn More About Eczema, Dermatitis and Dry Skin Treatments at Aurora
Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is an inflammatory skin condition that causes skin dryness, itching and burning. If left untreated, it can also lead to crusting and scaling of the skin. Scratching the affected areas also leads to clear fluid “weeping” from the skin and infection.
Eczema most commonly presents itself in the first five years of life, although onset eczema is possible.
Eczema often appears in infants during their first year, presenting as a rash that causes scaly, dry patches on the scalp, cheeks, elbows, diaper area or just about anywhere. As children get older, the rash is more likely to show up in the creases of the elbows and knees. No matter what the child’s age, the itching can be so intense that children suffering with it have difficulty sleeping. And constant scratching can lead to infection.
It’s important to treat eczema right away and to continue treatments for as long as it exists. Although eczema cannot be cured, dermatologists can treat it, which can:
- Keep the eczema from getting worse
- Calm the skin, which reduces the itchiness and pain
- Prevent infection
- Stop the skin from thickening (which is important because thickening can cause permanent, constant itching)
Many people suffer from dry skin – especially those who live in dry or cold climates. Dry skin can cause itchiness and often leaves skin irritated and flaky. During the winter months, most people who suffer from dry skin find that their condition worsens due to the colder, drier air.
Sometimes, dry skin is caused by the climate or external factors, such as steamy showers, chemicals or moisture robbing routines, like drying off right after a shower without moisturizing first or using certain soaps. Other times, dry skin may be due to an unrelated underlying medical condition such as thyroid disease.
Treating dry skin can help you both feel and look better. Drier skin often ages more quickly, making the signs of aging more apparent. Dry skin can also be uncomfortable, and scratching it can lead to other problems, including infection. Most cases of dry skin can be treated with over-the-counter creams, lotions or topical ointments.
How is Eczema Treated?
When you come to Aurora Health Care for eczema treatment, your dermatologist will choose treatment based on the severity of the symptoms. Most eczema is treated with topical medications. The classifications of eczema medicines are:
- Topical steroids – the mainstay of eczema therapy
- Topical immunomodulators – creams and ointments that are anti-inflammatory but not steroids
- Topical or oral antibiotics – to treat secondary infections as needed
- Antihistamines – which can help relieve itching and improve sleep in some cases
- Phototherapy – typically only added in severe cases when topical therapy is inefficient
If you have questions about how dermatologists at Aurora would treat your eczema, call 262-434-5000 to make an appointment for a consultation.
Why Should I Choose Aurora Health Care to Treat my Eczema or Dry Kkin?
When it comes to caring for your skin, you want the best. And, at Aurora, we’re dedicated to providing the best, most advanced skin care treatments available.
Because Aurora dermatologists work within the entire Aurora Health Care system, we can offer you so much more than simple dermatology care. At Aurora, you’ll get:
- Expertise: A team of physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants care for you.
- Innovation: You can expect innovative treatments using the latest advancements in technology.
- Network of physicians: Being part of the Aurora network gives you access to specialized care for all of your health care needs.
- Attention to you: At Aurora, you’re never just another patient. You’re an important part of your health care team. No matter which procedure or treatment is right for you, your doctor will take time to discuss options with you and answer your questions before your treatment begins, giving you peace of mind.
How do I sDchedule a Consultation with a Dermatologist?
To schedule a consultation or appointment with a dermatologist at Aurora, call one of the dermatology offices directly. View the list of Aurora dermatologists.