Integrated Dermatology of Boise


Eczema services offered in Meridian, ID

Scaly and itchy skin is a sign of eczema. Expert dermatologist Mary Ellen Luchetti, MD, can evaluate your skin and help you manage eczema flare-ups at Integrated Dermatology of Boise in Meridian, Idaho. For more information about eczema, call the office or use the online booking feature to schedule a visit today. 

What is eczema?

Eczema is a skin condition that causes itching, dryness, and cracking. Using lotion may not be enough to control your symptoms, as eczema is not the same as having dry skin. While there are several types of eczema, the most common is atopic dermatitis.  

Atopic dermatitis is associated with your immune system. If you have this form of eczema, your skin struggles to maintain its natural moisture barrier and is especially susceptible to irritation from allergens and other triggers. 

While eczema isn’t an infection, the cracking and bleeding leave your skin more vulnerable to infections. That is why it’s essential to avoid scratching your rashes, even if they’re severely itchy. If your skin shows signs of an infection, your dermatologist can address it with antibiotics and other eczema treatments. 

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Integrated Dermatology of Boise welcomes you in for a skin evaluation to confirm if you have eczema. If you’re an adolescent or adult with eczema, your symptoms might include:

  • Dry skin.
  • Itching.
  • Redness.
  • Cracking or crusting skin.
  • Visible bumps.
  • Swelling.

Symptoms can show up nearly anywhere on your body, but the most common areas for adult eczema are your hands, neck, elbows, and knees. 

While you may go for long periods without experiencing eczema symptoms, the symptoms might flare up in response to certain materials, products, conditions, or allergens. Some of the most common triggers for eczema are tobacco smoke, dry air, and stress. 

How is eczema treated?

Integrative treatments and lifestyle recommendations can help minimize the symptoms of eczema. Integrated Dermatology of Boise guides you through a personalized care plan that takes any associated allergies and sensitivities into account. Treatment can ease symptoms and prevent future flare-ups.  

You might benefit from:

  • Identifying and avoiding eczema triggers.
  • Lukewarm baths.
  • Moisturizers.
  • Topical corticosteroids.
  • Antihistamines.
  • Phototherapy with ultraviolet (UV) light.
  • Injected biologics.

When your symptoms eventually subside, continue caring for your skin and keeping a close eye on the area to identify another flare-up in its earliest and most manageable stages.  

You might assume eczema is a childhood condition, but flare-ups can happen at any point in your life. Call Integrated Dermatology of Boise or book a visit online for comprehensive eczema care today.

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