Friday, August 31, 2012

Eczema is term for a group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the condition and its symptoms and treatment options in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Eczema is a common skin condition that affects children and adults. It is sometimes called atopic dermatitis.

Eczema causes skin problems, such as dryness, redness, crusting, cracking, blistering, oozing or thickening of the skin. These symptoms may come and go, or they may be there all the time.

You may have eczema if you have recurrent itching on your skin and three or more of the following:

A history of rash on certain parts of your body, such as wrists, ankles, shins, forearms, neck and behind the knees

Red, dry and scaly skin over these same parts of your body

Persistent dry skin

Red, dry and scaly skin that appears before two years of age, or

A history of asthma or hay fever

See your doctor if you have these symptoms. Eczema usually is treated with ointments and creams, most commonly steroids. Other medicines used to treat eczema are called calcineurin inhibitors. If your eczema is severe, your doctor will help you find other treatment options.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.