Eczema is an umbrella term that refers to a group of conditions causing skin irritation, itching, and inflammation. Although scientists are still trying to pinpoint the causes of eczema, our Anderson and Easley dermatology providers are experts in triggers and treatments.
Your skin is your immune system’s first line of defense. For people with eczema, the skin’s immune response is overactive. Contact with certain triggers can cause an eczema flare up, such as:
- Animal dander or saliva
- Pollen and pollution
- Scratchy clothing
- Soaps, lotions, and shampoos
- Cleaning products
- Cold, fever, or flu
- Some foods
If this sounds like allergies (another type of immune system overreaction to things in the environment that aren’t typically harmful), you’re right. Eczema seems to have roots similar to those of allergies. Like allergies, eczema is not contagious. You cannot get it from touching someone who has it.
Parents may notice their babies or young children having red, irritated patches on their cheeks, chin, knees, elbows, and even behind the knees. Some children grow out of this type of eczema, but many others struggle to keep eczema under control for life. If you or someone in your family experiences these symptoms, contact your Anderson and Easley dermatologist for an official diagnosis and to get the right treatment.
Patients receiving proper eczema treatment can usually keep their symptoms under control and enjoy a high quality of life. Call us at our Anderson office at (864) 716-0063 or our Easley office at (864) 855-2052 to schedule an appointment to discuss eczema symptoms and treatment options.