Eczema affects almost a third of the U.S. population. Close to 65% of those diagnosed with eczema develop symptoms before turning one, and nearly 90% of patients show signs before age five. Babies often outgrow eczema by age four. If you or your child have eczema, call the office, make an appointment online, or walk into George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. in Long Beach, California today.
Also called atopic dermatitis, eczema is a chronic, non-contagious inflammatory skin condition.
Doctors use the term eczema when referring to several similar skin conditions that cause your skin to look red and irritated with small, fluid-filled bumps that sometimes become moist and oozy. Other common symptoms include dry, itchy skin, and rashes.
Eczema can develop all over your body or in just a few places, often in response to allergens like pollen, mold, dust, animal dander, and some foods. While eczema isn't an allergy, allergies can trigger it. However, excessive heat and emotional stress also trigger outbreaks.
Those diagnosed with eczema are twice as likely to suffer from hay fever and asthma.
The doctors at George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. review you or your child’s medical history and examine the skin to diagnose eczema. While there is no lab test for eczema, patch and other testing help rule out other possible conditions:
If moisturizing every day doesn’t help, the doctors at George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. prescribe medication to treat eczema.
If the doctors at George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. diagnose you with eczema, they recommend takings steps to avoid a flare-up. These include:
If you’re itching from eczema, call, make an appointment online, or walk into George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. in Long Beach, California, today.