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Eczema is an everyday term that includes several skin conditions caused by inflammation. The most common form of eczema is called atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema. This form of eczema runs in families and is associated with asthma and hay fever. It usually develops in infancy to young adulthood and tends to improve with time. Treatment is focused on avoiding flare-ups, relieving itching, and treating skin inflammation, but eczema may improve and flare up again over time.
The other types of eczema include the following:
Dyshidrotic eczema. A common rash that affects the hands and feet. At the beginning, small fluid-filled blisters develop along the edges of the fingers, toes, palms of the hands, and soles of the feet. In more advanced stages, there is peeling, cracking, crusting, and itching. It tends to be a chronic problem with periods of time when symptoms go away.
Nummular eczema. Small coin-shaped red patches appear on the arms and legs. They may ooze, crust over, and itch.
The cause of eczema is not well understood. Eczema appears to develop as a result of interaction among environmental factors, your immune system, and heredity. People with eczema seem to have sensitive immune systems that are more likely to react to irritants and allergens. Most people with eczema have a personal or family history of allergies and allergic conditions such as asthma.
The following factors can trigger the itching and subsequent rash:
For most people, foods do not cause eczema to worsen. However, if you notice a pattern of flare-ups associated with specific foods (e.g., cow's milk, eggs or peanuts), you should avoid them and discuss this with us.
Eczema symptoms flare up and then improve. The most common symptoms of eczema are dry, itchy skin and rashes. Scratching the skin may lead to the following symptoms:
The following complications can occur:
Call us if the rash looks infected. Symptoms of infection include:
We will examine the appearance of your rash and ask questions about your symptoms and family history. We may advise you to be tested for allergies in order to determine what triggers the rash.
There is no cure for eczema. It can be managed with preventive measures and medicines. Treatment helps keep the rash from recurring and controls itching. Treatment may include a combination of self-care and medication. For self-care, we recommend that you:
Prevent dry skin. People with eczema often have difficulty retaining moisture in their skin. The condition gets worse in winter, when the heat is turned on and the humidity drops. There are other common causes of dry skin, like bathing too frequently or for too long, washing with soap, and using hot water. These remove the natural moisturizers from the skin. To prevent dryness, we recommend the following:
Avoid irritants. These are any substances outside the body that can cause the skin to become red, dry, or itchy. They include:
Avoid overheating. Try not to overheat your house or dress too warmly. Perspiration can worsen eczema.
Avoid allergens. These include animal dander, dust mites, pollen, and mold. It is important to dust and vacuum your home frequently using a special filter to control dust. If you have pets, keep them out of the bedroom.
Avoid scratching. Secondary bacterial infections may be prevented by keeping fingernails trimmed and hands clean. Children or infants may require the use of mittens to keep them from scratching.
If you have questions or need more information about your medication, please speak to your pharmacist. Kaiser Permanente does not endorse the medications or products mentioned. Any trade names listed are for easy identification only.
Medicine may be necessary to heal your rash and relieve itching. The following medications may be used in the treatment of eczema:
Corticosteroids. Topical corticosteroids are most often used to treat eczema. They are available over-the-counter and in stronger prescription products. Apply directly to the skin as directed by us. Side effects, such as skin thinning and discoloration, are rare when used as prescribed. Oral corticosteroids may be used in severe cases for a limited period of time.
Antihistamines. These may alleviate itching. They are available by prescription or over-the-counter. Drowsiness is a side effect, so you may prefer to use them at night because they will help with nighttime itching and improve your ability to rest.
Drugs that suppress the immune system. These are used only when other treatment options have failed. Potential side effects limit the use of these drugs. Please talk with us about this type of drug.
Antibiotics. If your rash becomes infected, we may prescribe antibiotics. Be sure to take them exactly as directed and for as long as prescribed.
Other treatments include the following:
In addition to your treatment plan and doctor's recommendations, the following tips may improve results:
If you are having symptoms that concern you, your first contact will typically be with your personal physician, who will evaluate your health and symptoms.
If specialty care is needed, your personal physician will facilitate the process of scheduling an appointment in my department. If appropriate, she or he might contact me or one of my colleagues while you are in the office so we can all discuss your care together. If we decide you need an appointment with me after that discussion, we can often schedule it the same day or soon thereafter.
During your office visit, we may discuss your medical and family history and I will examine the appearance of your rash and ask questions about your symptoms. I will explain the findings of your exam and answer any questions or concerns you may have. We will discuss treatment options, and together we will create a treatment plan that is right for you.
If you need to talk with me after your visit or procedure, please call my office. You can also e-mail me with nonurgent issues from this website whenever it is convenient for you.
If you have urgent concerns or issues while my office is closed, or need general medical advice, you can call the Appointment and Advice line, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will be connected with a nurse who can give you immediate advice.
If you are experiencing a serious problem or an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room when the clinic is not open.
Having all of our Kaiser Permanente departments located together or nearby, including pharmacy, laboratory, radiology, and health education, makes getting your care easier for you.
Another major benefit is our comprehensive electronic medical record system, which allows all of the doctors and clinicians involved in your care to stay connected on your health status and collaborate with each other as appropriate.
When every member of the health care team is aware of all aspects of your condition, care is safer and more effective.
We will work together to monitor and assess how your medications are working and make adjustments over time. Prescriptions can be filled at any Kaiser Permanente pharmacy. Just let me know which pharmacy works best for you, and I will send the prescription electronically in advance of your arrival at the pharmacy.If refills are needed in the future, you can:
For lab tests, I will use our electronic medical record system to send the requisition to the Kaiser Permanente laboratory of your choice. For imaging procedures, we will schedule an appointment with the Radiology department. When the results are ready, I will contact you with your results by letter, secure e-mail message, or phone. In addition, you can view most of your laboratory results online, along with any comments that I have attached to explain them.
If we decide together that your condition would also benefit from the care of other types of specialists, our staff will help arrange the appointment(s) with one or more of my specialty colleagues.
As your specialist, I have a goal to provide high-quality care and to offer you choices that make your health care convenient. I recommend that you become familiar with the many resources we offer so that you can choose the services that work best for you.
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If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. An emergency medical condition is any of the following: (1) a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs; (2) active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety, or (3) a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder.
This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of specific medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional. If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult with your doctor. If you have questions or need more information about your medication, please speak to your pharmacist. Kaiser Permanente does not endorse the medications or products mentioned. Any trade names listed are for easy identification only.