Eczema Treatment: TXID Eczema Clinic
Eczema is a chronic skin condition caused by inflammation of skin. Atopic dermatitis (AD) is one of the most common types of eczema, associated with itch and dry skin. Atopic Dermatitis, according to Dr. Ghohestani, a renowned San Antonio Dermatologist, is usually associated with Asthma and food allergies. Additionally, due to defects in skin barriers, eczema skin is more prone to allergic reactions.
Eczema is a rather common skin condition and a chronic problem for many people – it’s estimated that eczema affects about 40-90 million Americans: about 3% of adults and 15% of children. About 75% percent of eczema cases start during childhood, and about 60% of infants who have eczema continue to have one or more symptoms in adulthood.
What causes Eczema?
Several lines of evidence suggest that eczema is hereditary. The eczematous sensitive skin differs from healthy skin. Typically, in normal, healthy skin the “outer barrier” is made up of keratinocyte cells that are held together with many lipids and proteins, like bricks (cells) and mortars (proteins). This important skin structure helps to keep skin moisture in while keeping irritants outside of the skin.Eczema patients have a very weak “outer barrier;’” there are “holes” in the skin layer that plays a key role in protecting the skin. Consequently, lack of a normal barrier due to defect in any of the lipid or proteins results in skin that easily loses its moisture and allows more irritants in, causing itchy and dry skin
Eczema and atopic dermatitis affect daily life
Eczema, even in a warm temperature like San Antonio, can be a very stressful and frustrating condition. It can certainly make living your daily life challenging and uncomfortable. The intense, frequent itch can cause loss of sleep and days off from work, and many children have to miss school days. You may find yourself making significant lifestyle changes and even avoiding fun activities, like going to the pool or playing a sport, because of your eczema. You may wear certain clothes to cover up the way it looks. Of course, if you’re a parent, you may worry if you’re doing everything you can to help your child.
Eczema looks like a dry cracked skin
There are different forms of Eczema; they vary from mild, when skin patches are slightly dry, itchy and rashy, to severe forms. Severe Eczema is characterized by areas of dry skin that are irritated with cracked and oozing patches. Eczema typically has a course of flare-ups and remission of these dry skin symptoms.