Eczema affects nearly 30 million individuals, yet many don’t know much about the widespread disease. Here are five little known facts about eczema that may surprise even the most knowledgeable individuals:
1. There are many different kinds of eczema.
There are numerous types of eczema, and the disease affects everyone differently. This point is important to remember because treatment varies depending on the individual and on which type of eczema one has. It is very difficult to self-diagnose, and treatments that are available over the counter are often ineffective. Therefore, it is recommended to see a dermatologist if you experience symptoms such is itching, skin redness, flaking, or irritation. This ensures you are properly diagnosed, and are given the best available treatment
2. ‘Atopic dermatitis’ is not synonymous with ‘eczema’.
Atopic dermatitis is often known as eczema, and many use the words interchangeably. But in reality, atopic dermatitis is only one of a number of itchy, dry skin rashes that fall into that category. Most cases of atopic dermatitis begin in infancy or childhood; in fact, between 10% and 20% of infants are affected. For many, eczema begins to fade away spontaneously between the ages of 5 and 10. Some cases, however, persist into adulthood and can remain quite severe.
3. Eczema affects individuals of all ages.
Unlike atopic dermatitis, other forms of eczema can develop only in adulthood. Asteototic eczema, for example, increases in frequency with age, and is very common in the elderly. It is a common form of eczema seen in people who have extremely dry skin. It becomes increasingly common as we get older, and many people in their 60s and beyond are affected. It begins as severe dry skin and can lead to microscopic cracking of the skin surface, if not treated, along with itching that can be severe.
4. Eczema can lead to other skin problems.
Eczema, particularly when severe, can make people more prone to a number of other conditions. Infections, including viral (warts and molluscum) and staph bacterial, are more common. Dark discoloration and thickening of chronically itchy skin is also common. Some forms of eczema are also closely associated with other diseases such as “hay fever” allergies and asthma.
5. With proper treatment, the disease can be controlled. Most cases of eczema can be controlled and cleared, as long as the appropriate treatment is administered. By visiting Avail Dermatology, you can receive a proper diagnosis and treatment plan to address your individual needs.
At Avail Dermatology, you’ll find the best-in-class medical treatment for difficult to treat skin conditions, like the various types of eczema. Depending on the patient, our physicians develop a personalized treatment plan to control the condition. If you want to learn more about our services, call us at (770)251-5111 to make an appointment today.