Eczema is one of the most widespread types of skin condition, usually developing in childhood. South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group has considerable experience in finding the causes or triggers for eczema and helping you or your child manage their condition successfully. Call one of their convenient locations in San Jose, Los Gatos, Mountain View, and Redwood City, California, to find out more or book an appointment online.
Eczema, which is also known as atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition that typically starts in childhood but can continue to affect you throughout your life.
Eczema can sometimes develop as a response to allergies that you have to food or something in your environment. Around 30% of children who have eczema have food allergies that make their eczema worse. The team at South Bay Allergy and Asthma group will run tests to see if your eczema is related to a food and/or environmental allergy.
Eczema is also more common in patients whose family members have allergies and asthma.
Eczema causes an itchy, red rash and dry, scaly skin. In babies, eczema often affects their face, legs, and arms, while older children and adults tend to develop eczema on the backs of their elbows and knees, and their hands and feet.
The itching can be severe, especially during the night. You might also develop raised bumps that leak fluid when you scratch them and then crust over. Your skin might start to thicken and then crack, and become sensitive if you can’t stop scratching. It can even become red and raw from scratching.
Many people who have eczema find they go through periods of remission that can last for years, in some cases, when they don’t experience any symptoms.
Your primary care provider can diagnose eczema, but establishing the cause often needs specialist diagnosis. South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group can run tests to see if your eczema is related to a food allergy. These tests include:
Your provider can carry out both allergy testing and patch testing for chemicals, if necessary, to get to the root cause of your eczema.
Treatment for eczema typically consists of moisturization and the use of steroid ointments. You might need stronger medications if your rash is severe or you have a bacterial infection of the skin as well.
Antihistamines are sometimes useful for the relief of itchiness and to prevent excessive scratching. Scratching makes eczema worse, so preventing the scratching can play an important part in improving your symptoms.
South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group also offers the latest biologic treatments for eczema, like dupilumab. Biologic medications consist of proteins and other natural substances and target specific molecules rather than your entire immune system.
If you’re allergic to food that makes your eczema worse, cutting out these foods can also improve your skin. Food elimination is especially important in children.
For an accurate analysis of the cause of your eczema, call South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group today or book an appointment online.