By: Brooke Slater, CPNP
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis is a common childhood rash that presents with an itchy, scaly, red and bumpy rash. Eczema is often referred to as “the itch that rashes” given the intense itchiness that can precede the red, scaly patches. This can often present in the first year of life on the face, extremities and trunk. Later in childhood, this typically occurs on the creases and folds of the body – for example, on the elbows, knees, wrists and neck. An individual’s cause of eczema may be difficult to pinpoint. For some, eczema may be genetic, while for others a food or environmental allergy may trigger the rash. Another trigger may be a household product or skincare routine. You can work with your healthcare provider to help narrow down potential triggers and avoid eczema flares.
A moisturizing skincare routine with products designed for sensitive skin is essential for patients with eczema. Many products may advertise for “sensitive skin” yet contain fragrance or ingredients that irritate the skin. Your provider can help make recommendations for hypoallergenic products that will soothe sensitive and irritated skin. There are a variety of prescription medications to help manage eczema. Your healthcare provider will tailor a custom treatment plan based on your child’s presentation and condition. Occasionally, a referral to a dermatologist is needed for severe cases of eczema. If your child suffers from eczema contact us today to schedule an appointment with Brooke Slater, CPNP for a detailed eczema consult today! To schedule email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call (301) 279-6750, or live chat us!