Control Itching & Skin Damage
SENSITIVE SKIN AND ECZEMA TREATMENT
We understand no matter the type, eczema can affect your physical and emotional health. Research has shown a strong link between having moderate to severe eczema and mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression. We’re dedicated to helping people suffering from skin sensitivities and eczema.
Although these skin conditions are common in infants and children, eczema and sensitive skin also happens in adults. To determine if you have eczema, it’s best to consult a dermatologist and learn about your treatment options.
Signs & Symptoms
WHAT IS ECZEMA?
Eczema is a common skin condition that affects about three percent of Americans. It usually begins in childhood, usually before turning age five, but some people develop it later in life. Scientists believe that eczema develops because the skin has trouble maintaining a healthy barrier to prevent allergens and bacteria from entering. As a result, inflammation occurs, causing eczema.
The skin condition can develop anywhere in your body:
✓ Ear eczema
✓ Hands eczema
✓ Eczema on face
✓ Eczema on lips
✓ Eczema on feet
The symptoms include dry, sensitive skin, itching, oozing and crusting, red scaly patches, or rough leathery skin.
7 ECZEMA TYPES YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
Atopic dermatitis is the most common out of all eczema types.
It usually develops in childhood and often becomes milder or goes away by adulthood.
This skin condition is a part of what doctors call the atopic triad because it usually occurs with asthma and allergies. Many people with atopic dermatitis experience all three conditions.
- Rash forming in the creases of elbows and knees
- Affected skin areas change in color and become thicker
- Small bumps filled with liquid will resurface
- For babies, the rash may appear on scalps and cheeks
- Your skin can become infected when scratched
- dry skin
- an immune system problem
- Environmental triggers
Dyshidrotic eczema produces itchy blisters on the edges of your fingers, toes, palms, and soles.
It is often a response to stress, allergies, moist hands, and feet, or exposure to metal salts.
- Fluid-filled blisters pop out on your toes, fingers, palms, and feet soles (Eczema on feet and hands)
- Those blisters can be itchy and painful
- Your skin can crack, flake, and look scaly
- damp hands and feet
- exposure to substances such as cobalt, nickel, or chromium salt
Nummular eczema causes round, coin-shaped patches of skin to grow.
The word “nummular” means “coin” in Latin. This type of eczema looks very different from other types of eczema and can be itchy.
- Round, coin-shaped patches on the skin that can become very itchy
- Insect bite
- Exposure to metals and chemicals
- Dry skin
- Having other eczema types
Stasis dermatitis, a condition characterized by redness, scaling, itching, and pain, can make even the most minor injury to the skin intensely painful.
Some people develop this condition if they have chronic ankle or calf swelling, which causes poor blood flow in the leg veins and forces fluid to leak out of the veins and into surrounding tissues. This condition can irritate the skin and cause oozing and open sores. Stasis dermatitis is more likely to occur in people with poor venous circulation. Severe cases can lead to infection.
- Swelling of lower legs, especially after walking
- The part of the skin with varicose veins can become dry and itchy
- Development of open sores on your lower body
- Poor blood flow in the lower portion of the body
If your skin is red and irritated and reacts to something you touch, you may have contact dermatitis.
This kind of eczema comes in two types:
Allergic Contact Dermatitis appears as red itchy rash as an immune system reaction to a direct contact with a substance like latex or metal; and
Irritant Contact Dermatitis can be an acute or chronic nonallergic response to direct chemical or other substance that inflames your skin.
- Itching, redness, and burning sensation on the skin
- Itchy bumps called hives can appear
- Thickening of skin. It may feel scaly and leathery over time
- Blisters are filled with fluid that may ooze and crust over
- poison ivy and other poisonous plants
- skincare products, including makeup
- soaps and perfumes
- tobacco smoke
A form of eczema that only affects the hands is called hand eczema.
You may develop this type of eczema if you work in an occupation that regularly exposes you to chemicals that irritate the skin.
- Dry, itchy, and red hands
- Cracks and blisters form
- Working in cleaning, hairdressing, and healthcare
Neurodermatitis, also known as lichen simplex chronicus, is a skin condition that causes an itchy patch of skin.
Scratching makes it even itchier, causing the affected skin to become thick and leathery. If you have this type of eczema, you may develop several itchy spots, typically on your neck, wrists, forearms, legs, or anal region.
- Thick and scaly patches on several parts of your body
- These patches can be very itchy even if you are sleeping
- When scratched, the patches can get infected
- Having other eczema types
ECZEMA AND SENSITIVE SKIN TREATMENT
SENSITIVE SKIN TREATMENT
At Oasis Dermatology, we offer sensitive skin treatment regimens that can be life-changing for people who suffer from eczema. We start from trigger management, offering topical and/or oral medications, and therapies.
Speaking with our dermatology expert can help you figure out your triggers. Our dermatologist can conduct a skin test to determine your triggers quickly.
Several eczema types can make your skin very sensitive and reactive. Things you may have contact with, and food or drinks that you intake can cause instant flare-ups. Anything that causes your eczema to flare is called a trigger.
Everyone has different eczema triggers, so it’s crucial to figure out your triggers and find a way to avoid them. The most common triggers are skincare products, weather, wool clothing, stress, and laundry detergents containing fragrances.