Many patients ask, “What causes eczema?”By Dr. Mary Lupo
What is eczema?Eczema, sometimes called atopic dermatitis, results in red, itchy skin. This inflammatory condition can be a chronic issue for patients, and typically develops in early childhood. However, adults can develop atopic dermatitis and may notice it occurs with certain triggers.
What causes eczema?The causes of eczema are unknown. It has not been determined if it’s arrival is linked to genetics or if it is due to specific environmental exposures. However, it may become more noticeable with triggers. Triggers for eczema may include:
- Environmental changes
- Sunlight exposure
- Exposure to products such as certain soaps or creams
What treatment is available for eczema?Most patients respond well to eczema treatments that involve topical creams and antibiotics. These creams are used on the areas where eczema occurs to calm them and provide relief from the itching and uncomfortable feeling these flare-ups can cause. Patients then work with their dermatologist to develop a skin care regimen to reduce the chances of flare-ups by keeping the skin moisturized.
Schedule a visitAt the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology, our staff can assist patients with a variety of skin concerns. If you live in New Orleans or the surrounding area, we encourage you to speak to our Board-certified dermatologist about conditions such as eczema and how to control them. Cal (504) 777-3047 today to book an appointment at our practice located at 145 Robert E. Lee Boulevard #302.