What to do When Your Child Has Eczema

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a common skin condition that typically begins in early childhood. While some eczema suffers seem to “outgrow” the condition during adolescence, or at least experience fewer outbreaks, it can continue to cause problems throughout adulthood.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help reduce the number of eczematous outbreaks your child experiences and soothe the irritating symptoms eczema causes.

The expert team at Premier Allergy & Asthma, with offices in Dublin, Westerville, Canal Winchester, Lancaster, Marysville, Delaware, New Albany, Hilliard, Grove City and Grandview, Ohio, specializes in treating eczema.

Find out what these talented providers have to say about identifying and treating eczema.

Understanding eczema

There are many types of the inflammatory skin condition known as eczema. The most common by far is atopic dermatitis, so common in fact that the term is often used interchangeably with eczema. Other types of eczema include:

Eczema can occur in infancy, and children with eczema can also develop problems with asthma, hay fever, and other “atopic” allergies. Certain foods can also trigger eczema.

Eczema symptoms include:

Due to worsening skin irritation and breakdown caused by constant scratching, eczematous rashes can also weep or ooze pus as a bacterial infection develops.

What you can do to help manage childhood eczema

At Premier Allergy & Asthma, our doctors can prescribe medications, such as topical ointments, that soothe eczema’s itch and/or help prevent infection.

Depending on your child’s symptoms and health history, we may also recommend allergy testing to identify eczema triggers and then design a treatment strategy to address an overly sensitive immune system.

However, truly effective eczema treatment requires a multifaceted approach that includes several measures you can take at home to help prevent eczema outbreaks, such as:

For expert support in dealing with your child’s eczema, schedule a visit at Premier Allergy & Asthma. Call the office or book your appointment online.

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