Advanced Allergy Associates
Cheryl Williams, M.D.
Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Physician located in New Orleans, LA
Eczema affects some 15 million Americans, many of whom are infants or children. The red, itchy skin can appear just about anywhere and seriously affects your quality of life. Cheryl Williams, MD, and her team at Advanced Allergy Associates in New Orleans, Louisiana, helps you and your loved ones manage eczema and the associated health conditions of asthma and allergies. Call the office to book an appointment.
Eczema Q & A
What is eczema?
Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes an itchy, red rash. There are many forms of eczema, but the most common type is called atopic dermatitis.
Symptoms of eczema usually start in childhood, usually early on in infancy or before the age of 5. Often, eczema fades as a child grows into adulthood, but in some cases, the condition persists for a person’s entire life.
Eczema happens because your skin lacks the natural moisture barrier that protects you from irritants and allergens. Eczema often occurs in conjunction with hay fever and asthma.
Eczema runs in families, suggesting a genetic connection. Other possible causes include a problem with your immune system, environmental triggers, and dry skin.
What are the symptoms of eczema?
Eczema symptoms can come and go, and you may even experience years of remission. Symptoms and flare-ups range in severity and include:
- Dry skin
- Itchy skin, especially at night
- Red or brown patches of skin
- Red, raised bumps that may leak fluid
- Scaly skin
Symptoms often begin in the creases of your elbow or knees. Babies can get the rash on their scalp and cheeks.
Without management, itching can be unbearable. Eczema patients are vulnerable to open sores caused by scratching the itchy patches of skin. These sores can become infected, worsening the condition.
What are the treatments for eczema?
Dr. Williams customizes your eczema treatment plan for what best suits your needs and lifestyle. She helps you identify triggers that lead to flare-ups so you can avoid them. Prevention of eczema outbreaks is one of the most effective ways for you to get relief.
If you or a loved one does have eczema symptoms, Dr. Williams may also recommend:
- Over-the-counter or prescription skin creams to minimize itching
- Oral medications to reduce inflammation
- Allergy medications to control symptoms
No single treatment plan works for every person, so Dr. Williams may try several approaches until settling on the one that is best for you or your loved one.
Dr. Williams at Advanced Allergy Associates wants to help you prevent and control eczema symptoms and flare-ups. Call today for an appointment or use the online tool to request an appointment.