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Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

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Eczema is extremely itchy inflammation of the skin. It is typically a long-lasting condition that may be accompanied by hay fever or asthma. Eczema usually appears on the arms or knees, but it can affect any area of the skin.  This condition may be present at any age from infancy to adulthood, however the majority of children will outgrow their eczema by the time they are teens. 

Symptoms of Eczema

  • Red to brownish-gray colored patches
  • Itching, which may be severe, especially at night
  • Small, raised bumps, which may leak fluid and crust over when scratched
  • Thickened, cracked or scaly skin
  • Raw, sensitive skin from scratching

Causes of Eczema

The exact cause of eczema is not known, but It’s likely due to a combination of dry, irritated skin with a malfunction in the body’s immune system. Patients with eczema are more likely to get infections such as impetigo or molluscum. Infections will cause worsening of their eczema and may require treatment to help control their dermatitis. These patients oftentimes have confounding contact allergies and need to be started on products that are safe for sensitive skin. Stress and emotional disorders can worsen eczema, but do not cause it.

Treatments for Eczema

Atopic dermatitis or eczema is a complex disorder and may require a combination of multiple treatments. Patients need to start treatment for the differing causes of eczema including dry skin, sensitive skin and infections. Treatments include:

Meet our Eczema Expert

Florida Center for Pediatric Dermatology is proud to offer expert care for atopic dermatitis (eczema). Our certified pediatric and dermatology nurse practitioner, Marcela Gutierrez, brings more than 10 years of experience to our practice. Her specialties include treating eczema, laser hair removal and wart and molluscum removal. 

If you feel your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact Florida Center for Pediatric Dermatology at 407.303.1687 or through our online contact form.