Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes itchy, flaky, dry skin. It most often develops before age five and continues through adulthood. However, adults can develop the chronic skin condition, too. Currently, there is no cure for eczema. However, board-certified allergist and immunologist, Jun Yang, MD, at Two River Allergy and Asthma Group in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, specializes in the management of eczema and can develop a treatment plan to ease your symptoms and improve the look of your skin. To schedule an evaluation, call the office or book online today.
Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition primarily affecting infants and children. It often begins in the first year of life, with 60% of cases occurring by age one and up to 90% of cases by age five. The skin condition may last until adolescence or adulthood.
When diagnosed in adults, eczema is a long-term, recurring skin condition.
Additionally, an eczema diagnosis is a major risk factor for the development of hay fever and asthma.
Eczema may affect different parts of the body based on age. In infants and young children, eczema most often affects the cheeks, neck, knees, and elbows. In older children and adults, the skin condition may affect the hands, feet, and the area inside the elbows and knees.
Symptoms of eczema include:
You may find your symptoms worsen under certain conditions or triggers, such as environmental or food allergens, stress, temperature changes, or certain types of clothing material (wool or synthetic fibers).
When skin itchiness isn’t well-controlled, an “itch/scratch cycle” leads to ongoing rubbing or scratching that may lead to lichenification or thickening of the skin.
No single test can diagnose eczema. However, Dr. Yang or your primary care provider may be able to diagnose eczema by the appearance of your skin and review of your medical and family history.
At Two River Allergy and Asthma Group, Dr. Yang develops individualized treatment plans for eczema focused on removing any irritants and decreasing your skin’s irritation and dryness. Your treatment plan may include:
In some cases, Dr. Yang may prescribe topical immunomodulators, which are steroid-sparing medications that help regulate the immune response where locally applied to decrease the inflammation. Dr. Yang also uses the newly approved biologic treatment for severe eczema patients.
To get relief from eczema, call Two River Allergy and Asthma Group, or request an appointment online today.