It’s National Eczema Awareness Month. Each October brings us the opportunity to spread the word about this uncomfortable skin condition that affects more than 16 million adults and roughly one in 10 kids across the country. Many people don’t realize they’re living with a treatable skin condition.
During this month-long awareness campaign, the eczema specialists from our LUX Dermatology offices throughout California and Nevada want to highlight two things. First, we want to explain what eczema looks and feels like so you can know if it’s affecting you or a family member. Second, our team wants to talk about lifestyle changes that can help.
It can be tricky to tell eczema apart from a “normal” rash, especially at first. For starters, keep an eye on duration. Most rashes fade in a matter of days. If the skin irritation sticks around, it could be eczema.
Beyond that, you can look at the skin itself. If it has several of these symptoms, you most likely have a case of eczema on your hands:
If you or someone in your family experiences these symptoms, don’t wait to talk to our team. We can determine if it’s eczema. If it is, we get right to work developing a treatment plan. While scientists haven’t yet found a cure for eczema, making changes can provide a huge measure of relief.
We may suggest topical or oral medication to help with eczema, but we always recommend pairing it with lifestyle modifications. Making certain changes can go a long way toward soothing the most uncomfortable eczema symptoms.
Specifically, we recommend:
It’s also helpful to make monitoring symptoms a normal part of your routine. If you notice a flare-up, then backtrack and write down anything that could have contributed. Over time, this should help you identify eczema triggers. Once you do, you can avoid them moving forward.
Different strategies work differently for people depending on their unique skin. At our LUX Dermatology offices, our eczema specialists partner with you to discover what works. We tailor your (or your child’s) treatment plan, combining medication and lifestyle changes to bring the biggest measure of relief possible.
National Eczema Awareness Month is the perfect time to address this skin condition. If you think it’s affecting you or one of your children, call any of our offices in California or Nevada, or book an appointment online today.