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.
What Are the Signs of Eczema?
The signs and symptoms of eczema are different for everyone. It usually involves dry and itchy skin. For most people the itch is mild to moderate, but for others the itching can be so severe that the skin is scratched to the point of bleeding, which makes the eczema worse. Other common signs of eczema include:
- Red and inflamed skin
- Dark-colored patches of skin
- Rough, leathery, or scaly patches of skin
- Oozing or crusting
If you or your child has any of these signs of eczema, you should see a dermatologist to determine the cause and treatment. If you need this assistance, contact us today to schedule your appointment.