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.
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.
Dermago can help with your eczema
Treatment may prevent eczema from getting worse and relieve pain and itching.
Different types of creams are applied regularly to the plaques until they disappear.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An acute recurrent eruption of multiple tiny, intensely itchy water blisters on the palms, sides of fingers and soles of the feet.
Multiple, round plaques of eczema that are usually associated with dry skin and occur on the outer surfaces of the hands, arms and legs.
Yellowish-brown, greasy, scaly patches on the scalp, eyebrows, nose and chest.
A chronic eczema on the inner area of the lower legs and associated with varicose veins.
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