Eczema affects almost a third of the United States population. Close to 65% of those diagnosed with eczema develop symptoms before turning one, and nearly 90% of patients show signs before age five. If your child has eczema, the team at Comprehensive Pediatrics in Edison, New Jersey, can help manage their symptoms and provide treatments. To schedule a consultation, call the office or make an appointment online today.
Also called atopic dermatitis, eczema is a chronic, non-contagious inflammatory skin condition.
Doctors use the term eczema when referring to several similar skin conditions that cause your skin to look red and irritated with small, fluid-filled bumps that sometimes become moist and oozy. Other common symptoms include dry, itchy skin, and rashes.
Eczema can develop all over your body or in just a few places, often in response to allergens like pollen, mold, dust, animal dander, and some foods.
While eczema isn't an allergy, allergies can trigger it. However, excessive heat and emotional stress also trigger outbreaks. Those diagnosed with eczema are twice as likely to suffer from hay fever and asthma.
During a consultation to diagnose eczema, the team at Comprehensive Pediatrics reviews your child’s medical history and examines their skin. While there is no lab test for eczema, patch and other testing help rule out other possible conditions, such as:
If the team determines your child has eczema, they offer ways to manage the symptoms and provide treatments.
If moisturizing every day doesn’t help, the team at Comprehensive Pediatrics may prescribe medication to treat eczema. They may also suggest:
The team works with your child to determine the best treatment for their skin and tailors a plan specific to their needs.
Comprehensive Pediatrics recommends your child take the following steps to avoid a flare-up:
The team at Comprehensive Pediatrics is available to help your child prevent eczema and ready to answer any questions you may have.
If your child suffers from eczema, call the office or make an appointment online today.