Are you struggling with eczema? You're not alone. Treating and managing this common skin condition can be challenging. At Jordan Valley Dermatology Center in South Jordan, Utah, you'll find a dedicated team of experts led by experienced dermatologist Douglass Forsha, MD. We specialize in relieving the relentless itching and irritation caused by eczema.
Eczema causes inflammation and itchiness, frequently leading to a rash. This condition can affect both children and adults and impact your quality of life. But should you wait it out or take action?
Eczema is generally the result of a mix of environmental and genetic factors. It's not contagious but tends to run in families with a history of allergies or asthma. Common symptoms include dry, sensitive skin, intense itching, red, inflamed skin, and dark-colored patches of skin.
The several types of eczema include contact dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, and stasis dermatitis. While some types like mild contact dermatitis may resolve on their own once you remove the irritant, others like atopic dermatitis often require more proactive management.
How long does an eczema flare-up last?
How long will eczema symptoms last? The answer isn't one-size-fits-all. It can depend on many factors, such as the type of eczema, your age, and even your lifestyle.
An eczema flare-up typically lasts from a few days to a few weeks. But even when you're not in the middle of a flare-up, the tendency to have dry, sensitive skin often remains. That's why eczema is considered a chronic condition.
Some folks might see their symptoms ease up or even disappear as they grow older, especially if their eczema started in childhood.
However, certain factors can prolong the duration of an eczema flare-up. For example, you might find your symptoms sticking around longer if you use irritants like certain soaps or detergents or come into contact with allergens like dust mites or pet dander. Stress, weather changes and even certain foods can make things worse for some people.
Does eczema ever resolve on its own?
Eczema varies greatly in its course and severity. While some people may experience mild symptoms that seem to resolve spontaneously, others may have more persistent or severe forms of the condition that require active management.
When to seek medical help
If your eczema symptoms persist for more than a week, interfere with your daily activities or become infected (characterized by redness, pain, or pus), you should seek medical help. Dr. Forsha and our team can provide a proper diagnosis and tailor a treatment plan to your specific needs.
Tips for managing eczema at home
The key to managing eczema symptoms is to control your triggers and moisturize your skin. Avoid known irritants and allergens, manage stress, and use a good moisturizer.
Topical treatments, like corticosteroids, can also provide relief. And in more severe cases, we might recommend other treatments like phototherapy or even systemic medications.
Every person's experience with eczema is unique. What works well for one person might not work as well for another.
Living with eczema can be challenging, but remember, you're not alone. You can lead a comfortable life with the right knowledge, support, and treatment plan. Always consult with a health care professional to understand your best options. Take action today by calling us at 801-335-6728 and start your journey towards better skin health.