Clear Lake Dermatologists Serve Patients Requiring Eczema Treatment in Webster, League City, Friendswood and Houston, TX
Patients in Houston, League City, and the surrounding Bay Area who suffer from eczema can take comfort in the fact that Clear Lake Dermatology can treat this disorder. Eczema refers to any one of a number of conditions that result in the skin becoming overly irritated and inflamed. This results in itchy skin followed by a rash that can appear anywhere on the body.
The exact cause of eczema is unknown; however, most doctors believe heredity plays a part in the development of this condition. Those who have other medical conditions such as allergies or asthma may be more prone to developing eczema than others, likely because allergic reactions sometimes cause breakouts of eczema to occur. The condition can develop in people of all ages, but those who develop it as infants typically outgrow this condition before they reach puberty.
Eczema is characterized by an itchy rash, which may appear dark red in Caucasians and white or yellow in African-Americans. This rash normally comes and goes rather than remaining constant. In severe cases, an eczema rash might be accompanied by scaling or a scab-like crust, particularly among infants.
For some people, determining what causes eczema breakouts is easy because they will always experience these breakouts after exposure to certain substances. Others may find that more than one substance results in an eczema breakout. Some of the more common irritants that contribute to this condition are harsh cleaners, perfumed detergents, and animal dander. Since these irritants also contribute to upper-respiratory infections, patients may find that one of these infections also results in a flare-up of eczema.
Certain creams and lotions are effective at treating the itching and inflammation that result from eczema. Avoiding contact with irritants that might result in a flare-up of this condition is also helpful. This condition cannot be cured, but it can be managed effectively so the number of outbreaks is kept to a minimum.