A rash on your face, arms, or knees might be a sign of eczema. If you've been searching for options for clearer skin, you can rely on the board-certified medical expertise of Cure Allergy Clinic in Arlington, Texas. The team includes Dr. M. Waseem Imam , D.O., a board-certified pediatric and adult allergist with experience diagnosing and treating eczema. If you're living in or around the communities of Dallas, Irving, Euless, Bedford, Coppell, or Fort Worth and are looking for eczema treatment, call the office or use the online booking tool today.
Eczema is due to an overreaction of your immune system. This overreaction makes your skin red, inflamed, and itchy.
The medical term for eczema is atopic dermatitis. The exact cause of eczema is something of a mystery, and doctors aren't exactly sure why some individuals get eczema, and others don't. However, eczema tends to run in families, and you have a higher chance of getting eczema if you have allergies or asthma.
Eczema is particularly common in infants. By one estimate, up to 20% of children have the condition, although most will outgrow it. For adults who don't outgrow eczema, it can be a serious condition. However, with the right treatment, the team at Cure Allergy Clinic can prevent flare-ups, giving you or a loved one lasting relief.
With eczema, you may experience:
Eczema symptoms tend to come and go. The location of eczema also varies, depending on your age. It usually appears on infants’ and children's:
In adolescents and adults, it's more commonly found on the hands, arms, feet, and the back of their knees.
Your provider at Cure Allergy Clinic starts by taking a comprehensive medical history, asking whether you've been exposed to allergens or irritants, and examining your skin.
They may recommend testing for an allergic reaction to certain substances. Your provider may perform a skin prick test during which they make a tiny puncture in your skin and apply a diluted allergen. Then they watch the test area for 15 minutes to see if bumps or redness develop. A reaction suggests that you're allergic to the test substance.
Your provider at Cure Allergy Clinic works with you to determine the underlying cause of your outbreaks so you can avoid your triggers. Common triggers of eczema include:
If your eczema is severe, your provider recommends medications, including antihistamine creams or steroids, to minimize uncomfortable symptoms like redness and itching. You also might benefit from allergy drops or shots to help minimize or eliminate an underlying allergy.
If you’re interested in seeking professional help to manage your eczema, call Cure Allergy Clinic or request a consultation online today.