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Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a skin condition caused by genetic variation that causes redness and itching in the presence of environmental factors, irritants or allergens.

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About eczema

Common causes

Eczema can be triggered by an allergic reaction to an object that touches the skin, such as poison ivy or nickel, or by contact with chemicals that damage the outer skin, such as strong soaps and substances that irritate the skin.

Impact on daily life

Eczema is not contagious. It is characterized by itchy, inflamed skin, usually behind the knees, inside the elbows, and on the face, neck and hands. Without proper diagnosis and treatment, eczema can become chronic and debilitating.

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Dermago can help with your eczema

Eczema treatments

Treatment may prevent eczema from getting worse and relieve pain and itching.

  1. Topical treatments

    Different types of creams are applied regularly to the plaques until they disappear.

  2. Other treatments

    No systemic or phototherapy treatments can be prescribed.

According to the severity of your eczema, different treatment options are available. Our dermatology team will recommend the best treatment for your condition.

Treatment options

Most types of eczema require a combination of treatments and medications. Your dermatologist will help you decide which ones are best for your condition.

The three main components of eczema management are

  • Bathing and moisturizing to repair the skin.

  • Medication to reduce inflammation.

  • Avoiding triggers that cause flare-ups.

Common forms of eczema

Although atopic dermatitis and contact dermatitis are the most common forms of eczema, several other types of eczema are also common.

  1. Atopic Dermatitis

    Atopic Dermatitis is hereditary and the most common type of eczema. It is estimated that up to 17 per cent of Canadians will suffer from AD at some point in their lives.

    Almost always starts in infancy or before age 5. It is characterized by itchy, inflamed skin, usually behind the knees, the inside of the elbows, and on the face, neck and hands. 

  2. Allergic Contact Dermatitis

    Allergic Contact Dermatitis is caused by a delayed immune reaction following skin contact with an allergenic substance. Poison ivy is the most common cause. Other common causes include metals, dyes, perfumes, and preservatives in cosmetics.

  3. Irritant Contact Dermatitis

    Irritant Contact Dermatitis is caused by repeated exposure to substances that chemically damage the skin, such as harsh soaps, detergents, and cleaning products. These irritants remove oil and moisture from the outer layer of the skin, damaging the protective layer and triggering inflammation. 

  4. Dyshidrotic Eczema

    An acute recurrent eruption of multiple tiny, intensely itchy water blisters on the palms, sides of fingers and soles of the feet.

  5. Nummular Eczema

    Multiple, round plaques of eczema that are usually associated with dry skin and occur on the outer surfaces of the hands, arms and legs.

  6. Seborrheic Eczema

    Yellowish-brown, greasy, scaly patches on the scalp, eyebrows, nose and chest.

  7. Stasis Dermatitis

    A chronic eczema on the inner area of the lower legs and associated with varicose veins.

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How does it work?

  1. dermago online step 1 - file

    Create your file

    Complete the online form at your convenience. Please be specific in your answers so that the team has all the necessary information.

  2. dermago online step 2 - photos

    Send your photos

    Use quality photos. Pictures of your skin condition to be treated should be clear and well-lit.

  3. dermago online step 3 - questions and answers

    Ask your questions.

    Use our secure messaging system to communicate directly and privately with the medical team.

  4. dermago online step 4 - treatment

    Begin your treatment

    Your prescription will be sent directly to your pharmacy. The pharmacist will contact you when it is ready for pick-up.

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