Eczema

Rafiquddin S. Rahimi, MD -  - Allergist

Allergy Relief Clinics

Rafiquddin S. Rahimi, MD

Allergist located in Richardson, TX

Residents of Garland, Wylie, Plano, Dallas, and Rowlett, Texas who suffer from eczema can seek treatment and relief with Dr. Rahimi at his office in Richardson, TX. He can offer treatment and advice to manage this uncomfortable skin condition.

Eczema Q&A

by Rafiquddin S. Rahimi, MD

eczema treatment

What is eczema?

Eczema, which is also called Atopic Dermatitis, is a generic term for any type of itchy rash skin disorder or dermatitis. Over 30 million Americans suffer from some form of this skin condition. Eczema is characterized by an itchy, red rash. Eczema is typically found on the insides of elbows and knees or on the face, but it can occur anywhere on the body and will cause peeling, blistering or weeping of the skin. Atopic dermatitis is the most severe and longest lasting form of eczema. “Atopic” is a categorization of diseases that are related to allergic reactions, like asthma or hay fever. It is not contagious and is most likely an inherited condition. Eczema diagnosis typically occurs during childhood, and in most cases, the symptoms decrease as the patient reaches adulthood. Although, some people experience the condition throughout his or her entire life.

What causes eczema?

The exact cause of Eczema is not known, but research indicates that the condition is inherited and the symptoms are caused by an over reaction of inflammatory cells in the skin in response to exposure to a triggering substance. The skin condition is not contagious. It is more common in those who have family histories of allergies. Triggers are broken down into a few subgroups. Irritants include substances like juices from fruits, vegetables, and meat or cleansing products like soaps, detergents, and disinfectants. Allergens that are common causes of eczema include dust mites, pet dander, pollen, and mold. Foods can also cause an eczema outbreak. Dairy products, eggs, nuts, soy, and wheat are common food triggers.  Stress is a known trigger for outbreaks, as are extreme temperatures.

Can I make lifestyle changes to improve my eczema?

The doctor will provide advice and suggestions to help you make adjustments to your lifestyle to manage your eczema. For example, maintaining good hygiene and skin care regimes can help to reduce outbreaks. It is also helpful to limit sun exposure, sunlight can help to reduce symptoms, but take measures to avoid sunburn. Keep your skin hydrated by not taking overly hot showers or baths and applying a moisturizer directly afterwards. You could also try to avoid soaps, perfumes or textured fabrics that could irritate your skin. If you know you tend to have outbreaks due to certain allergens like animal dander or certain foods, do your best to avoid situations where you could be exposed. You can also take steps to minimize the temptation to scratch, which can make the rash worse by keeping your nails short and smooth and applying cold compresses and topical medications to reduce the itching sensation.

 

Insurance Providers

Our practice accepts many different kinds of insurance. For more information or questions about insurance providers, please call our office.

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