Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, causes skin redness and irritation. Although eczema can affect people of any age, it’s commonly found in children. At Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care in Manassas, Virginia, the specialist team helps parents find the best treatment of their child’s condition. If your child is experiencing eczema, visit the office, or book an appointment by phone or online.
While the exact cause of eczema is unknown, it’s believed that genetics and being exposed to environmental irritants is to blame. Although eczema is not contagious, it often runs in families. Eczema is also common among children who live in heavily polluted areas and colder climates.
Eczema breaks down the skin’s natural defenses, leaving your child’s skin vulnerable to environmental irritants. Some of the symptoms of eczema include itchiness; dry skin; red, brown, or gray patches; thickened, scaly skin; and sensitive or swollen skin from scratching.
The symptoms of eczema usually begin before age 5 and can last into adulthood. Eczema often goes away periodically and comes back when the skin comes in contact with irritants.
For children with eczema, when the body comes into contact with certain irritants, it reacts by their skin becoming inflamed and irritated. A wide range of irritants is known to cause or worsen eczema flare-ups. Some of these irritants include:
Because eczema flare-ups can be caused by a number of things, it's important to take proper precautions to protect the health of your child’s skin.
Eczema can typically be diagnosed with a physical exam. Your doctor could decide to perform a patch test to rule out other conditions. For children and infants with eczema, the best treatment is first to identify the irritants causing your child’s flare-ups. Once you know what irritants to avoid, it’s easier to manage your child’s condition.
Lubricating your child’s skin with moisturizers, oils, and creams is often enough to relieve their symptoms and clear up their eczema. For more aggressive cases, certain ointments and medications can be used to control inflammation and fight infections. To find the best treatment for your child, it’s important to discuss their condition with an experienced doctor.
If your child is experiencing any of the symptoms of eczema, visit Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care or schedule an appointment by phone or online today.