Dry Skin and Rash: Signs of Eczema

If you have dry skin accompanied by a rash, you might have several theories about the cause. Many people, when they have dry and itchy skin in the winter months, assume that it is because of the drier environment of heated homes and offices. Others may assume that they are allergic to a laundry detergent or something similar that they switched to recently. While these are common causes of dry skin and rashes, only a dermatologist can diagnose the reason for your dry skin and rash. In some cases, it is eczema, which can develop at any age, but is most common in children.

What Is Eczema?

Eczema is the name given to a group of conditions, which can include atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, nummular eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, or stasis dermatitis. Some of these conditions are related to allergies, while others are caused by different conditions of the skin. Only a dermatologist or allergist can diagnose what type of eczema you or your child has, and determine an appropriate course of treatment.

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What to Expect from Comprehensive Allergy Patch Testing

If you have contact dermatitis, hives, or another skin irritation, it could be the result of an allergy. In order to give you the best treatment for your skin condition, it is important to see a doctor who can accurately diagnose the problem. Part of that process will likely be allergy patch testing. Here’s what you need to know about how to prepare and what to expect from the process.

Preparing for Patch Testing

There will be a bit of preparation before you go into the doctor for your patch testing. You will have three appointments in all. During the first appointment, you will need to tell your doctor about any medications you take, including over-the-counter medications, as some of these may interfere with the testing. Your doctor may recommend that you stop taking certain medications for a few days before and during the patch testing. You should also skip any doses of antihistamines.

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Three Common Causes of Chronic Itching and Their Treatments

Chronic itching can be extremely irritating, and it can affect every aspect of your life. If you are constantly itching, it can affect your work performance and ability to portray yourself as a professional. You may also find difficulty concentrating and may become unable to follow conversations with your friends and family. There are many potential causes for chronic itching, but here are the three most common and what can be done about it.

Xerosis

Xerosis is the clinical term for chronic dry skin. Dry skin can cause severe itchiness, and it is not always remedied by simply adding a moisturizing lotion. Sometimes lifestyle changes are necessary to relieve dry skin, such as not taking long, very hot showers or baths, using a humidifier, and using a moisturizer right after showering. You may also need to use a cream containing lactic acid. Visiting a doctor will be your best bet in learning more about how dry skin can be treated at home.

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Allergies and Eczema: What to Expect from Patch Testing

Did you know that eczema can sometimes be caused by allergies? While the exact cause of eczema is often unknown, in some cases it appears to be caused by allergies. If you have eczema that resists treatment, you may need to go through allergy testing to determine if that is the cause. If so, treatment options for allergies are available that can reduce or eliminate eczema. One of the most common ways to test for allergies is patch testing.

What Is Patch Testing?

Patch testing is a form of allergy testing that is designed to determine if a specific allergy is causing skin irritations such as eczema. The suspected allergen is infused in a patch that is placed on the skin. One or more patches may be used at a time. If there is a particular allergen that is suspected, you may only have a few patches. However, it is not uncommon to have 20 to 30 patches at once. 

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Psoriasis or Eczema? Know the Difference in Diagnosis and Treatment

When your child has an irritating skin rash arise, you may be concerned about the cause. While some skin rashes are due to allergies and may resolve themselves when the allergen is removed, skin rashes are often the result of psoriasis or eczema. Psoriasis and eczema can appear similar to a parent, but a dermatologist can accurately diagnose your child’s rash and provide the proper treatment.

What is the Difference?

Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects about 1 percent of children. It is characterized by raised, red, scaly patches on the skin. These patches are usually only mildly itchy, but can break open and bleed if scratched. It can be found anywhere on the body, although the most common places are the scalp, face, buttocks, elbows, and knees.

Eczema is a skin condition characterized by redness and extreme itchiness. Eczema can be caused by a number of things, including allergies or sensitivities to the environment (such as laundry soap or body wash). Many children who suffer from eczema as children do not have a problem as an adult. Continue reading “Psoriasis or Eczema? Know the Difference in Diagnosis and Treatment”