Eczema Treatment



The condition of eczema is a form of atopic dermatitis – one that has many forms. Actually, a family of skin conditions, eczema may occur as seborrheic dermatitis, hand dermatitis, nummular dermatitis, or even dandruff (a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis).

For the person living with eczema, type may not matter much. What matters is finding relief for skin that is red and inflamed, itchy or even painful, flaky, or a combination of these symptoms.

The exact cause of eczema is a challenging aspect to investigate due to the fact that there are various types of this condition. Some cases are clear-cut, such as contact dermatitis that occurs following exposure to an irritant like detergent. Allergic contact dermatitis is also an easy type of eczema to understand, as this develops after exposure to an allergen like certain metals or poison ivy.

Complex forms of eczema can be more difficult to understand, as these tend to develop when various factors all interact perfectly. Some people will have a genetic predisposition to the condition, making them more susceptible to triggers such as temperature, stress and yeast that naturally live on the skin.

In determining the best course of action to manage eczema effectively, we begin with a thorough consultation that includes full medical history and discussion about the symptoms, frequency and severity of flare-ups, as well as any past treatment. This will help us determine the type of eczema we are dealing with and where we may start in reducing its effects. Our focus will be on the reduction of:

  • Itching
  • Inflammation
  • Infection
  • Existing lesions
  • The development of new lesions

Eczema is an interesting skin condition. As we work individually with each eczema patient, we are able to find the best, multi-faceted approach to management. In addition to prescribing effective medication, we will provide information on lifestyle changes that may help reduce the occurrence of flare-ups. Adequate control of eczema typically involves a variety of therapies, some from our Tampa dermatology practice and some that falls into the self-care category.

For individualized treatment of eczema, contact 360 Dermatology for your consultation with Dr. Ambay.