Eczema Treatment in Indianapolis and Carmel

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Eczema Treatment Indianapolis and Carmel IN

Eczema is a common skin condition seen by Turkle & Associates board certified dermatologist, Dr. Matt Strausburg. Many eczema patients and parents with children who have eczema are distressed with the condition and are interested in procedures and treatments that can help.

We invite you to continue reading for frequently asked questions and more information about eczema and how we can help.

What is Eczema?

Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) is an itchy rash.

What Are the Symptoms of Eczema?

Infants with eczema display an itchy, oozing, crusting rash. If the disease continues or occurs beyond infancy, the skin has less tendency to be red, blistering, oozing and crusting. Instead, the lesions become dry, red to brownish-gray, and the skin may be scaly and thickened.

An intense, almost unbearable itching can continue, becoming severe at night. Some patients may scratch their skin until it bleeds and crusts. When this occurs, the skin may become infected.

What Are the Treatments for Eczema?

Dr. Strausburg can give you advice on creams and lotions, appropriate clothing, and activities. He will also provide information on proper bathing and how to deal with emotional upsets which make the condition worse.

Additionally, he can prescribe topical medications such as corticosteroids (cortisone) creams or ointments or tar creams, and internal medications such as antihistamines to control the itching.

Oral antibiotics will be prescribed if there is also a secondary infection. For severe cases, he may recommend ultraviolet light therapy.

After taking a history and examining your skin, he will let you know what will work best.

Where Does Eczema Usually Appear?

In infants, eczema is usually seen on the face and scalp, although it may be seen in other areas.

In teens and young adults, eczema typically occurs on the elbow bends and backs of the knees, ankles and wrists and on the face, neck and upper chest. Although these are the most common sites, any body area may be affected.

When Does Eczema Usually Appear?

Eczema can occur at any age but is most common in infants to young adults. Eczema usually improves in childhood continuing thru about the age of 25. Infants with eczema usually improve before the age of two.

What Causes Eczema?

Although some foods may provoke attacks, especially in infants and young children, eliminating them rarely will bring about lasting improvement or a cure. If all else fails, foods such as cow’s milk, soy, eggs, fish, wheat, peanuts and other foods that are suggested by your dermatologist can be avoided at least for one to two weeks on a trial basis.

Occasionally dust and dust-catching objects like feather pillows, down comforters, kapok pillows and mattresses, carpeting, drapes, some toys, and wool along with other rough fabrics, can cause the condition to worsen.

Do You Take Insurance for Eczema Treatments?

Yes, we take insurance for eczema treatments. We suggest you check with your plan administrator to determine if we participate with them.

Contact Us About Eczema

If you have more questions about eczema and would like further information, or if you are ready to schedule an appointment, contact Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatology by clicking here for our online quick-contact email form or feel free to call us at 317-848-0001.

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