Dr. Jaime Kratz is an Allergist and Immunologist who has helped patients in the Port Richey and Trinity, FL area for 18 years. His allergy and immunology expertise combines with his experience in the world of cutting-edge medical technology to create the best possible customized treatment plans for each patient.
What is Eczema?
Eczema is a condition that happens to people with dry skin. The skin may be red, scaly, and patchy. In the most serious cases of eczema, the skin may bleed and crust over.
Who Suffers From Eczema?
Eczema can happen in people of any age. However, the main sufferers are children. People of every race can suffer from eczema, and both males and females can get it.
Why Does Eczema Happen?
Eczema occurs because the skin does not have a normal amount of fats and oils. This type of skin doesn’t have to ability to self-moisturize by retaining any significant amount of water. Skin that doesn’t have enough fats and oils does not have a good protective barrier. When the skin is unable to get the moisture it needs, harmful bacteria can move into it quickly. Even simple substances like soap and dishwasher liquid can enter the skin and cause a quick breakdown. This shows in the skin by causing the redness, cracking, scaling, and rough patches – known as eczema.
How is Eczema Treated?
Moisturizing is an essential part of eczema treatment. Emollient moisturizers may be in cream, ointment, lotion, or gel form. They should be used daily, especially during major eczema bouts. The doctor may recommend a special non-foaming soap to wash hands with at home. Topical steroids may be prescribed to control eczema flares. For patients who have eczema flares in different parts of the body – for example, the face and the legs – two different topical steroids may be used. Some people may find changes in their diet useful in controlling eczema flares, as well. Eczema treatment can be different for every person, so it is especially important to have a doctor who is willing to customize a care plan.