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FAQS about Eczema

Whether you’ve just been diagnosed or you are dealing with symptoms that seem like eczema, learn more about this common skin condition.

It’s estimated that over 31 million Americans suffer from symptoms of eczema, and at least 17 million of those are dealing with moderate eczemato severe forms. This dermatological problem may have you stumped, but our Encinitas, CA dermatologists, Dr. David Thomas and Dr. Margaret Hobson Dupree, know how to address your skin issues. Learn more about eczema and find out if your symptoms could be trying to tell you something.

Q. What is eczema?

A. This group of skin conditions is brought about by inflammation. Flare-ups happen in cycles, where some times you may be asymptomatic and then other times your skin will develop rough patches that are dry and itchy.

Q. What causes this condition?

A. While it’s not exactly known what causes eczema, it is believed to be the result of a variety of different factors such as:

  • Genetics
  • Environmental triggers
  • Immune system dysfunction
  • Skin barrier defects

Q. What are the symptoms?

A. If you have eczema, you will notice rough patches of skin that may be inflamed or even cause blisters that itch and bleed. These patches may become scaly or leathery. They may also crust over or ooze. You may notice that there are certain things that bring about these flare-ups (e.g. irritants or environmental factors) or you may not be able to pinpoint a cause.

Q. Is there a cure?

A. While there is no cure for eczema, there are ways that your dermatologist in Encinitas can help you manage your symptoms. By figuring out your triggers we can help you avoid them and reduce your flare-ups. There are also some skincare products that can help ease itching and other symptoms.

If you are dealing with any of the symptoms above then it’s time you turned to North County Dermatology Center in Encinitas, CA to learn more about eczema treatments.

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