Parents naturally worry about their children. When you notice red, itchy patches, you may be concerned about the causes of your child’s skin irritation. Just like adults, children may have skin issues that require a dermatologist’s care. If you are searching for ways to get rid of eczema, look no further than the Board-certified dermatologists at Dulles Dermatology Associates, now a part of U.S. Dermatology Associates, in Dulles, VA.
What is Eczema?
Eczema is commonly characterized by red, itchy skin. It can appear anywhere on the body. Patients of any age can be affected by eczema, but it is most common in young children. Up to 20 percent of children are affected by this condition.
Eczema is not an allergy, but its symptoms resemble an allergic reaction. It is also not contagious. The red, itchy patches cannot be passed from one individual to another. Although the exact cause of eczema may be unknown, certain factors such as genetics or environmental conditions seem to play a role in this skin irritation.
The most common symptom of eczema is itchy skin. Young children are known for scratching the affected areas and may cause further irritation or bleeding with excessive scratching. Other symptoms of eczema vary among patients. Symptoms may include the following:
- Dry skin
- Sensitive skin
- Red patchy areas
- Itchy skin
- Patches of dark colored skin
- Rough, scaly skin
- Oozing or crusting
Managing your child’s eczema
There is no cure for eczema, but the symptoms can be easily managed. Depending on the cause and severity of your child’s condition, treatments may include oral medications, steroid creams, nonsteroidal treatments, or light therapy. Our doctors can create a custom treatment plan to include these therapies or to avoid certain eczema triggers to help manage your child’s symptoms.
If your child has red, itchy skin or has experienced changes in his or her skin, contact the Board-certified dermatologists at Dulles Dermatology Associates. Our staff uses gentle, compassionate care to set children on the right path for healthy skin. Call our office to schedule your appointment today. (844) 357-3376.
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