More than 30 million Americans have some form of eczema. This red and scaly rash is known for being very itchy. Dermatologists of Birmingham offers eczema treatment for children and adults who live in Birmingham, Alabaster and surrounding areas in Alabama.
What is Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)?
Eczema is a group of conditions that tend to cause a specific set of symptoms: the skin becomes red, itchy and inflamed.
Atopic Dermatitis is the most common type of eczema that is associated with family history, asthma and allergic rhinitis (hay fever). It is common in children and adults and tends to be worse in the colder months. Irritants and rarely food allergies sometimes trigger flares of atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is caused by a cascade of immune system pathways being overstimulated in the skin.
While eczema is not curable, the goals of treatment are to:
- Relieve itching
- Reduce the frequency of your outbreaks
- Improve the appearance of inflamed and scaly skin
- Prevent complications, such as skin thickening and infections
How Do I Know If I Have Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)?
Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema. Common symptoms of atopic dermatitis include:
- Red and dry, scaly skin
- Open sores or blisters that can sometimes be ‘weepy’ (emit a clear substance)
Eczema symptoms do vary based on patient age.
What to Expect from Eczema Treatment (Atopic Dermatitis)
Eczema is not curable, so our dermatologists work with you to structure a plan that best manages your condition. A mainstay of all treatments is keeping the skin well hydrated with moisturizers and the use of mild cleansers to help prevent flares. Many steroidal and non-steroidal topical prescription medications help tremendously during flares. More severe cases may need systemic medications to turn off the overactive part of the immune system, including biologics and other immune suppressants.
How Much Does Eczema Treatment (Atopic Dermatitis) Cost in Birmingham?
Eczema treatment is covered as a specialty service under your medical insurance. Any portion that is not covered is your responsibility. We review these costs after your consultation. For your convenience, we accept payment by cash, checks, major credit cards and our financing options.
Living with the itching, inflamed, red skin from eczema reduces your ability to enjoy your favorite activities and time with family. Eczema treatment helps you better manage your symptoms. To learn more about eczema treatment at Dermatologists of Birmingham, contact us today to schedule your personal consultation.
*Individual results may vary. The content on this website is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a qualified physician.