Naaman Clinic -  - Dermatologist

Naaman Clinic

Dermatologists & Skin Cancer Specialists located in Birmingham, AL & Montgomery, AL

Anyone can develop eczema at any age, even young infants. Having eczema leaves you with itchy red patches all over your body, and scratching your skin worsens your flare-up even more. Before your condition progresses, visit with dermatology expert Evans Bailey, MD, Ph.D., at Naaman Clinic. Dr. Bailey’s team at the Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama locations offers advanced eczema treatments that can help relieve your discomfort. Book your appointment online, or call your closest office.

Eczema Q & A

What causes eczema?

Eczema isn’t a discrete health condition; instead, it’s a skin reaction that stems from several different types of diseases. It’s known for causing tiny red fluid-filled blisters, and when those blisters break, your skin oozes and scabs over. Eczema flare-ups can be caused by:

  • Fungal infections
  • Allergic reactions
  • Poor circulation
  • Severely dry skin
  • Scabies (human itch mite)

You’re more likely to develop eczema if you have allergies, hay fever, asthma, or a family history of eczema.

How do I know if I have eczema?

Symptoms of eczema vary from patient to patient, and your symptoms may change with each flare-up. In general, you may be able to tell if you have eczema if you experience:

  • Overly dry skin
  • Severe itching
  • Red to brown-gray patches
  • Raw, sensitive, or swollen skin

If you’ve had eczema flare-ups in the same areas for years, your skin becomes thick and scaly.

Are there treatments for eczema?

There are several treatment options for each type of eczema, although there isn’t a specific cure for the condition. Dr. Bailey offers several treatment options, and you might need to try several of them to figure out which one is best for you. Eczema treatments include:

  • Topical corticosteroid creams
  • Oral or topical antibiotics
  • Inflammation-reducing medications
  • Light therapy

The sooner you start treatment when you recognize early eczema symptoms, the easier it is to control and minimize progression.

Can I prevent eczema flare-ups?

You might not be able to stop every eczema occurrence before it starts, but you can certainly decrease your risk of chronic issues and lessen the severity of flare-ups. Some of the best ways to prevent eczema issues include:

  • Using fragrance-free moisturizers at least twice daily
  • Taking shorter showers or baths
  • Washing with mild hypoallergenic soaps
  • Gently patting your skin dry after bathing

Dr. Bailey works with you to determine which triggers may worsen your symptoms (environmental and dietary allergens may be culprits). This way, you know what to avoid to lessen your chances of severe flare-ups.

Schedule your eczema evaluation and treatment at Naaman Clinic by calling either location or by using the online booking feature.

* Individual results may vary.