FAQs About Eczema

Oct 22, 2019
FAQs About Eczema
How your dermatologists in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL, can help your Eczema

How your dermatologists in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL, can help your Eczema

Affecting people of all ages, eczema is a chronic skin condition that plagues people with its characteristic symptoms of itchy, scaly patches and oozing, even bleeding, sores. If you suffer from this issue, you will need the proper education to control and improve it. Fortunately, here at Florida Dermatology Associates in Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL, your dermatologists, Dr. Ruben Antenor Moreno and Dr. Frank Lee, help people navigate their flare-ups with care that is compassionate, targeted, and effective.

FAQs about eczema

Just what is eczema?

Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema is a chronic skin condition known for its red/orange patches that itch, ooze, and flake. Appearing virtually anywhere on the body, eczema may begin in infancy and flare up periodically due to stress, medications, heat, allergens, and more.

Are there different kinds?

There are several different kinds of eczema and even the same type of eczema may express itself in different ways and vary in severity. Unfortunately, some varieties are so aggressive that the skin becomes permanently damaged in terms of color, thickness, and scarring.

One of the most common kinds of eczema is contact dermatitis, a condition that creates red, intensely itchy skin patches after exposure to laundry soap, certain fabrics (such as wool), or a separate irritant. This kind of eczema differs from atopic dermatitis, which flares in response to an allergen such as animal dander.

Another very noticeable type of eczema is seborrheic dermatitis, which is known for causing flaky dandruff that increases in intensity during hot weather. Stasis dermatitis is related to vascular problems in the extremities.

How many people have eczema?

The National Eczema Association says that 30 million Americans of all ages, skin colors, and walks of life suffer from eczema. Most of the time, it expresses itself in infancy.

Is it contagious?

No, it is not contagious. However, when skin lesions flare up and remain open, they may be infiltrated with bacteria and become infected.

Do genetics play a role in eczema?

Much scientific and anecdotal evidence strongly suggests that eczema runs in families.

Is there hope?

Yes, there is hope. The American Academy of Dermatology says that skin doctors constantly explore new ways to control eczema and reduce its inflammation, itching, and spread around the body. There are many over-the-counter and prescription medications, including antihistamines, steroidal creams, and ointments. Additionally, Dr. Lee and Dr. Moreno often advise careful personal hygiene and daily shampooing.

Find out more

Here at Florida Dermatology Associates, our professional team can help you with your eczema. We will help you identify your triggers and compose a treatment plan that works for you and your skin long-term. For more information or to arrange a consultation, phone (321) 768-1600. We have five locations to serve you: Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne, FL,