Approximately 35 million people living in the United States have eczema. Are you one of them?
During National Healthy Skin Month this November, our team at AFC Urgent Care Southcenter wants to discuss the symptoms of eczema, as well as how both adults and children can find relief.
Who Does Eczema Affect the Most?
Eczema is a chronic skin condition that can affect anyone at any age. However, the condition is much more common among children—and symptoms may differ between children and adults.
When adults experience eczema, it appears mostly on their hands. However, for children, eczema commonly appears in the bends of elbows and backs of knees. Even babies can have eczema, which usually appears on their neck, face and scalp.
Symptoms of Eczema
- Dry skin
- Itching, which may be severe
- Red to brownish-gray patches
- Small, raised bumps
Can Eczema Be Prevented?
Yes. There are a number of steps people can take to prevent eczema, such as establishing a skin care routine, wearing gloves if you have to put your hands in water and using a mild soap when bathing.
If you deal with eczema, though, there are ways to ease discomfort and irritation.
Treatment of Eczema
- Moisturize your skin at least twice a day.
- Apply an anti-itch cream to the affected area.
- Take an oral allergy or anti-itch medication.
- Don’t scratch.
- Apply bandages.
- Take a warm bath.
- Choose mild soaps without dyes or perfumes.
Is it eczema or something else? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Southcentertoday for a medical evaluation! No appointment is necessary!