Eczema often goes untreated as it may be confused with other skin conditions. In Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Kendall, FL, and the surrounding communities, Jill Waibel, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist at Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute, diagnoses and treats atopic dermatitis and other common skin conditions to relieve discomfort and restore a healthy appearance.
What is Eczema?
Also called atopic dermatitis, eczema is a chronic skin condition, which flares up with what starts as an itch and develops into a rash from the constant rubbing and scratching. Some patients end up with a thickening of the skin in the areas where the skin itches. Most people experience the symptoms of eczema at a very young age and eventually grow out of it. Eczema affects the face, torso, and other areas of the body. It is also believed that people experience “flare-ups” of eczema during times of stress.
What Causes Eczema?
While there is no known cause of eczema, or atopic dermatitis, the condition is often associated with a family history of asthma and rhinitis. Additionally, more than a third of babies that develop eczema end up having asthma later in life. Atopic dermatitis may also be caused by a weakened immune system.
How Do I Know if I Have Eczema?
Eczema typically shows up with excessive, chronic itching in a specific area of the body. Over time, the skin becomes inflamed and irritated as if it is raw. If you suffer from this condition, we recommend you schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists to have your skin evaluated and diagnosed.