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What causes eczema?

At the Skin Center of South Miami, patients in and around South Miami, FL can work with our providers to discuss aesthetic and medical dermatology needs. One condition that is commonly seen in our office is that of eczema. Eczema is a chronic skin disorder that can cause patients to experience itching, sensitive rashes anywhere on their body. It can be uncomfortable, embarrassing, and difficult to manage without the expertise of a professional. When patients are diagnosed with eczema, they often perform certain skin care routine to keep the condition under control.

What causes eczema?

Continued research is performed to determine the cause of eczema and help patients maintain healthy skin. However, the exact cause of this skin condition is unknown. Research does point to signs that the condition may be caused by an irritant that causes an overactive response of one’s immune system to counteract. This response is the flare-up of eczema on the skin. Additionally, patients who have family members with eczema, asthma, or allergies will be at a higher risk of developing eczema during their lifetime, pointing to a possible genetic component.

Regardless of how the eczema is caused, patients who get a proper diagnosis and seek treatment with a medical professional will be able to effectively manage the condition and improve their skin’s health and wellness.

How can I control eczema?

After patients have visited a provider at the Skin Center of South Miami to get a proper diagnosis of eczema, they can then work with their doctor to seek treatment. Treatment options will vary depending on the severity of the eczema. In most cases, patients will benefit from topical creams and lotions that may be available over-the-counter or are prescription-strength. These are applied to the skin to relieve itching and prevent rashes. The creams may include medications such as corticosteroids or hydrocortisone. Patients are also educated on how to keep the skin moisturized to reduce dryness that can lead to itching.

Are you interested in taking control of your eczema?

Speak to a provider at the Skin Center of South Miami today to discuss your condition and speak to a provider about how to manage it. Our practice is located at 7800 SW 57th Avenue, Ste. 110 and can be reached for an appointment by calling (305) 740-6181.


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