Posts for tag: Eczema

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
October 24, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Eczema  

Let’s dispel the myths, raise awareness and eradicate the stigma surrounding eczema. 

Did you know that October is National Eczema Awareness Month? Therefore, it’s the perfect time for the dermatological team of Dr. Jeffrey eczemaBerti and Dr. Toula Berti at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery in South Barrington, and Willowbrook, Illinois, to shed light on eczema, a common skin disorder that affects approximately 31.6 million Americans.

What is eczema?

Eczema is an autoimmune disorder that produces patches of red, scaly and itchy skin that may come and go. Eczema flare-ups can make people feel self-conscious or avoid social engagements. This problem alone is one of the main reasons people seek care from our skin doctors. It is important to know that eczema is not contagious.

What are the symptoms? 

Symptoms can vary in intensity and appearance from person to person. You could have eczema if you are dealing patches of skin that are,

  • Dry
  • Red and inflamed
  • Very itchy
  • Rough and scaly
  • Crusty or weeping

The skin around these patches may also be red and swollen. Some people experience all of these symptoms while others may experience only one or two. Flare-ups can happen regularly or maybe you’ve only had one flare-up to date; however, the only way to tell whether you actually have eczema is to see your dermatologist.

What can trigger a flare-up? 

There are many things that can trigger an eczema flare-up including,

  • Stress
  • Allergies (e.g. pollen; dust mites; dander)
  • Irritants (e.g. soaps; detergents)
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Hot, humid weather

Is eczema curable? 

There is currently no cure for eczema; however, your dermatologist can help you control your symptoms through lifestyle changes and medication.

How is eczema treated? 

The goal of treatment is to reduce both the frequency and severity of a patient’s eczema symptoms. This can be done through simple lifestyle modifications and home care, as well as medication. Home care includes,

  • Using a humidifier in cold, dry weather
  • Using fragrance-free, gentle soaps and detergents
  • Using lukewarm water instead of hot water for bathing
  • Moisturizing with a cream skin every day
  • Avoiding triggers, such as inflammatory foods
  • Wearing light, soft fabrics
  • Not scratching patches of skin

Medications used to treat eczema include,

  • Topical medications, including steroids and more advanced newer non-steroid topicals
  • Antibiotics (when eczema and a bacterial skin infection coincide)
  • Now biologic treatment exists, Dupixent

Phototherapy, a treatment that briefly exposes the skin to UVA or UVB light, may also be effective for treating moderate eczema.

Whether you are experiencing symptoms of eczema or you’re looking for a dermatologist in South Barrington, and Willowbrook, Illinois, that can help you get your flare-ups under control, call Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery today. Call (630) 321-0303 for Willowbrook and (847) 304-0303 for South Barrington.

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.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd.
January 04, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Eczema  

With Winter here it’s important that you know how to handle your eczema symptoms.
 
Eczema is a skin condition that affects all ages and can cause rough, red patches to appear on the skin. When a flare-up occurs, these dry patches can form anywhere on the body and may itch or even bleed.  Since those areas are not normal skin, they can get infected as well.  It can be a frustrating cycle and, of course, there are certainly conditions and factors that can cause more frequent flare-ups. As the weather gets colder, dry skin concerns become more prominent. From the offices of our South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL dermatologists, Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Romas Berti, find out how to keep your eczema under control this winter.
 
Cold, dry air outside and forced dry air inside can cause dry skin and make your eczema flare-ups worse. Figuring out what triggers your eczema is important. If you find that your eczema symptoms get worse during the winter here are some ways to help manage:

Use a moisturizer every day: Using gentle, fragrance-free products and a moisturizer (cream not lotion) every day can help to lock in moisture to protect against dry, frigid wind and air. If you aren’t sure which kind of moisturizer to use, ask our South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL, skin doctors for a recommendation of what the best products are for you. Drs. Berti also carry products to purchase, such as Vanicream and Vaniply.

Try a humidifier: Like most people, you probably run the heat full blast in your home during the winter months. Of course, dry heat can also spell disaster for eczema. To combat this, use a humidifier in your home to prevent dry air.​

Purchase a Water Softener: The water in the Chicago area is hard, meaning there is a high mineral content and the soap does not lather as well nor rinse off as well, leaving a residue that can irritate the skin.  A simple water softener is easy to have installed and economical to run.  Your skin and hair will thank you!

Choose the Right Clothing: While you certainly want to stay warm during the freezing winter months there are certain fabrics that could be a foe to your eczema. Instead of opting for itchy wool, which can irritate eczema-prone skin, choose softer fabrics like cotton.

Minimize Sweating: While sweating cannot always be avoided, particularly if you exercise regularly, it’s important that you find a way to remain warm without sweating throughout the day. Perhaps your office is a sauna during the winter months because your building cranks up the heat and you still need to bundle up on your way to work. Dressing in layers will be your best friend. If you get too hot, you can always remove these layers so that your skin is comfortable.
 
Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Berti may also prescribe eczema sufferers with prescription-strength steroid creams for when flare-ups occur. If over-the-counter creams aren’t doing the trick or if you think the skin has an infection, have us evaluate your skin.  We will determine whether prescription steroid creams or other prescription medications would work better for you.
 
If you’ve been diagnosed with eczema or if you have dry irritated skin and are seeking a treatment that will work for you, then it’s time to consult the eczema specialists at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd., in South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL.



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