Atopic Dermatitis, commonly called “Eczema,” is the most common skin rash that dermatologists manage. It is a chronic condition that “comes and goes” for most people, but the flares can be devastating for the patient and family. Newer education shows that people of all ages can develop eczema, and it can range from very mild to extremely severe.
Itching (or pruritus) is the hallmark feeling in the skin that can be intermittent or constant. A lot of consequences from uncontrolled itch can occur without adequate treatment including: sleepless nights, anxiety, bleeding and scarring. As members of the National Eczema Association, Michigan Dermatology Institute is very committed to helping out patients who suffer from this disabling condition.
Q: What do we know about eczema?
A: A lot has changed for patients suffering with this condition over the past few years. So much research and focus has been happening for Atopic Dermatitis in the field of Dermatology, and new treatments have come out recently and more are coming over the next few years. We know that genetics and environmental factors play a role in developing eczema, and that it requires a complete approach to keep it adequately controlled.
Q: Is this contagious?
A: No, eczema is not contagious. However, patients with Atopic Dermatitis have an increased risk of skin infections that are contagious. During flares, skin bacteria can overgrow and cause certain skin infections that require treatment. Because there is a genetic component, a family history of atopic dermatitis is a strong risk factor for children to develop it.
Q: What are the treatment options?
A: There are many different options available to treat patients, ranging from topical therapies, light-based therapy, oral therapies and biologic treatments. Topical and oral treatment can be natural or prescription strength, depending on patient preference and effectiveness. Good skin care is the hallmark to keeping most patients under control. At Michigan Dermatology Institute, we offer a comprehensive approach to this condition, so don’t wait to get your eczema under control.