What is Eczema? What Causes Eczema? How Can I Treat My Eczema?

Have eczema questions, Dr. Sheela Kerstetter and Staff have answers!

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition characterized by red, itchy, and inflamed patches of skin. Eczema can occur at any age, but it is most common in children, and it often runs in families. The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Common triggers include exposure to certain irritants (such as soaps and detergents), dry skin, stress, certain foods (such as eggs, milk, wheat, and soy), and allergens (such as pollen, mold, and dust mites). Eczema is not contagious, and there is no cure. However, there are many treatments available to manage symptoms and prevent flare-ups, including moisturizing the skin, using topical corticosteroids, and avoiding triggers. In severe cases, oral medications or light therapy may be required.

Patch Testing Available to Properly Identify Contact Allergens Associated with Eczema

Eczema can be quite a frustrating and uncomfortable experience, but luckily, you don’t have to suffer alone. The highly skilled team at Allegheny Advanced Dermatology Center specialize in patch testing and have helped numerous patients determine the underlying causes of their eczema. Whether it’s a specific allergen that’s triggering your skin, or a combination of factors, our comprehensive approach ensures that each patient receives personalized care and treatment that caters to their individual needs. During patch testing, a variety of allergens are applied to your skin in small doses, and then carefully monitored for any responses. After a few days, the practitioners will review the results and create a personalized treatment plan tailored specifically to you. Not only will this help manage your symptoms, but it will also allow you to avoid potential allergens and prevent flare-ups in the future. If you’re tired of dealing with uncomfortable skin issues, don’t hesitate to reach out to Allegheny Advanced Dermatology Center today and take the first step on your journey to healthier skin.

Call now to learn more or schedule an appointment at: 814-944-7109.