Dermatologists located in Arlington Heights, IL & Bloomingdale, IL
Eczema is known for making your skin red and itchy. But if you’re near Arlington Heights or Bloomingdale, Illinois, you can get effective treatment at Midwest Dermatology. With the help of Chicago’s leading eczema and dermatology experts, you won’t have to live another day in discomfort. Find out how the doctors at Midwest Dermatology can help you get through bouts of eczema by scheduling an exam. Book your visit either online or over the phone.
Eczema Q & A
What causes eczema?
Healthy skin cells retain moisture to keep out bacteria, irritants, and allergens. When you have eczema, you have a gene variation that minimizes your skin’s ability to retain moisture.
In some cases, eczema stems from environmental factors, including seasonal or food allergens.
How do I know if I have eczema?
While no official lab test exists for eczema, your dermatologist can evaluate you for the condition, based on your personal and family medical history and if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Cracked or thickened skin
- Raw or sensitive skin
- Red or brown-gray patches
- Overly dry skin
- Severe itching, particularly at night
To diagnose you with eczema, the dermatologist might order patch testing or other lab tests to rule out other skin conditions or diseases.
What are the dangers of eczema?
If you have any eczema symptoms, it’s important to see your dermatologist right away. Otherwise, your symptoms can worsen and leave you susceptible to other conditions, including:
- Infections from constant scratching
- Allergic contact dermatitis
- Chronic skin infections
How is eczema treated?
The dermatologist might try a combination of eczema treatments to see what works best for you; there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. You should be able to get relief from corticosteroid solutions or anti-inflammatory medications.
Many eczema sufferers also benefit from light therapy. This treatment involves exposing your skin to controlled amounts of ultraviolet rays either from the sun or artificial sources. Light therapy can help reduce inflammation when used as prescribed.
If you have eczema, find out which treatments are best for you at Midwest Dermatology. Book your evaluation either online or over the phone.