October is Eczema Awareness Month! According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, around 16.5 million adults in the U.S. have atopic dermatitis (AAD). Of this number, 6.6 million report moderate-to-severe symptoms. This month we want to take a moment to share facts about eczema and how to alleviate symptoms when possible.
Atopic dermatitis is an itchy rash that appears on the skin that comes and goes. When severe, skin patches may become incredibly itchy and “weep” fluid leading to skin infection, or inhibit normal everyday activities like school or work. Sometimes, symptoms may even prevent the affected individual from sleeping.
It can be hard to nail down what exactly causes Atopic Dermatitis, but several triggers are known to be: heat, stress, physical contact with allergens, and sweating. However, it is important to note that eliminating any one of these is unlikely to stop eczema all together. A complete treatment plan includes skin care, trigger management, and medication or light therapy as needed.
Your dermatologist can help you treat your Atopic Dermatitis by coming up with a personalized skin care plan. They may even prescribe bleach baths or other treatments to aid in healing any infection. Savannah River Dermatology is located at 575 Furys Ferry Rd in Augusta, Ga. For appointments or other questions, our office can be reached at 706-691-7079.