Eczema Specialist

North Texas Allergy and Asthma Associates

Allergists located in Dallas, TX & Plano, TX

Eczema often appears as a red, dry patch that’s incredibly itchy and disrupts daily life. The board certified allergists at North Texas Allergy & Asthma Associates want to help you get early treatment, discover any allergy-related issues, and protect the health of your skin. Call or schedule an appointment online to visit the doctors at any of their three premier locations in North Texas: Texas Health Dallas, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano, and Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema is the generic name for a group of inflammatory skin conditions, but it’s commonly used to mean atopic dermatitis. This skin condition is long-lasting and goes through cycles where symptoms subside, then flare up again after skin comes into contact with an irritant or allergen.

The symptoms begin as a red, scaly, dry rash that’s extremely itchy. Scratching makes the rash turn raw, then it oozes and develops a crust. Eczema appears on the cheeks of babies as young as 2-6 months old, then as they get older, it tends to develop in the creases of elbows, knees, and wrists. While it persists into adulthood, flare-ups stop for about half of children with eczema during their teenage years.

How is eczema related to allergies?

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, isn’t an allergy, but it’s closely associated with allergies, especially asthma and hay fever. If you have a family history of atopic dermatitis, asthma, or hay fever, you and your children are at a higher risk for developing eczema. One of the other types of eczema – allergic contact dermatitis – is caused by contact with allergens, such as pollen and pet dander.

Eczema is also associated with food allergies. Children with eczema have a higher risk of developing food allergies. When eczema develops in the first few months after birth, the child is more likely to develop a food allergy by the age of 3 years. In 30% of infants with eczema, certain foods can cause the eczema to flare-up even if they’re not allergic to the food. If the eczema gets itchy or worsens within 2 hours of eating food, avoid the food and contact North Texas Allergy & Asthma Associates so we can help you with food substitutes and to rule out potentially serious food allergies.

How is eczema treated?

Treatment for eczema uses multiple strategies. For starters, hydrating skin is essential. The team at North Texas Allergy & Asthma Associates recommend bathing in cool to lukewarm water, then patting yourself dry and applying a lubricating cream while your skin is still damp. It’s also essential for patients at all ages to apply moisturizers throughout the day, and diligent moisturizing may prevent atopic dermatitis in high-risk newborns. Moisturizers are also used to relieve itching.

A variety of medications are available to relieve symptoms, so your doctor will work with you to determine which one will do the best job for your skin condition. The doctor may prescribe a medicated moisturizer, or you may need to take pills to stop the itching or relieve other symptoms.

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