Eczema Treatment in Northern Utah
Are you struggling with eczema? What is eczema and how can you treat it? Atopic Eczema is a skin condition caused by a barrier defect in the outer layer of the skin. When the skin is healthy, there are natural substances that continue to replenish nutrients to the area and allow for ceramides and lipids to continue replenishing moisture. An individual with eczema will find that these natural substances are missing or they are found in lower quantities. What then happens is the natural barrier of the skin is compromised and water loss from the skin starts occurring. As the skin dries out, it becomes irritated and can have issues with soaps, lotions, and other cosmetic things. Even the weather can irritate the skin.
The body creates immune responses to allergens such as pollen, pet dander, and more. When your body has this immune response to allergens, it can cause the skin to appear with red, dry patches. Patients often complain of itchiness with the red patches, and there is often mild discomfort with eczema. Do not scratch the area as it will become worse without effective treatment. If the skin is scratched, it can create a patch of skin that oozes. Eczema normally occurs in children ages 2 months to 12 years, and again in adulthood for many people. Eczema is not contagious, but it is a hereditary condition.
Contact Allen-Taintor Dermatology today at 801-752-0575 to schedule a consultation with one of our dermatologists.