By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
February 14, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Eczema  

Spring is just around the corner! If you’re like most people, you’re looking forward to wearing less and exposing your skin in the warmereczema weather. But if you suffer from eczema this may seem like a far-off achievement. An eczema flare-up can cause dry, rough patches of skin that can be difficult to clear up let alone cover up. However, knowledge is power! The first step towards treating eczema is understanding how lifestyle choices can impact this skin disorder and what changes and treatments can help give the best possible improvement.
 
At Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery in South Barrington, and Willowbrook, Illinois, we know that eczema can be uncomfortable and even embarrassing. Not only can eczema affect your mood, but may also affect your social life or work as well. Trust your skin to Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Berti who are committed to providing you with the latest information and cutting-edge treatments proven to help reduce the uncomfortable and unsightly effects of eczema.
 
What is Eczema?
While the exact causes of most cases of eczema are unknown, many researchers believe that there is a genetic autoimmune component and that external triggers worsen the symptoms. Not only will triggers exacerbate this skin condition, but they will also cause some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Rashes
  • Dryness
  • Flakiness
  • Bumps
  • Fissures or cracking skin
  • Peeling
  • Redness

To keep these symptoms under control, it’s essential to stay healthy and understand your body’s eczema triggers and to try to keep them to a minimum. Unfortunately, eczema triggers can vary from person to person, so understanding what exactly causes your flare-ups will help you to avoid them.

Common triggers are included below.
 
Dryness
Dry skin can become scaly, rough or tight, which often leads to a flare-up of eczema. Maintaining a daily skincare regimen with moisturizing creams or soaps for sensitive skin will help protect the skin. Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery also offers an array of sensitive skin, fragrance and paraben free cleansers and lotions.
 
Irritants
While irritant is a broad category, it includes everyday products or substances that can cause the skin to burn or itch and become red and dry. Irritants can vary greatly from cleaning products to cigarette smoking, both of which can cause eczema symptoms to worsen.

Some of the most common irritants include:

  • Soaps and household cleansers
  • Fragrances
  • Cigarettes
  • Certain Fabrics

 Lifestyle changes, wearing natural fabrics and working with mild household chemicals will help to lower our patient’s risk of an eczema flare.
 
Diet
Many people with eczema also have food allergies. Some of the common food allergies associated with eczema may include eggs, dairy, soy, nuts, shellfish or gluten.  Since eczema is an inflammatory skin condition, maintaining a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods, like blueberries or cherries, as well as avoiding potential allergens will help patients circumvent a worsening of symptoms. Following an anti-inflammatory diet also includes minimizing processed foods, as well as decreasing the sugar and salt intake.
 
While there isn’t a cure for eczema, patients can be empowered with lifestyle choices and access to the most effective treatments, including topical medication, steroids, antibiotics as well as a new FDA-approved biologic medicine, Dupixent. Working with the doctors at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, will help keep your skin clear and provide you with peace of mind. Learn more about potential itchy skin triggers and make an appointment today.
 
Contact Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery in Willowbrook or South Barrington. Call (630) 321-0303 for Willowbrook and (847) 304-0303 for South Barrington.

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