Nurse Practitioner Linda Eckerson at McLaren Greater Lansing-DeWitt Family Medicine is treating patients this week with eczema.
--Itchy, red rash that generally appears on the face, hands or feet
--Very dry, thick or scaly skin
Your doctor can diagnose eczema and will probably perform allergy tests to determine irritants. Be aware of any foods that may cause an outbreak and avoid those foods.
The goal of treatment is to relieve and prevent itching.
Try lotions, creams or ointments, including hydro-cortisone cream. Antihistamines may help, too. In severe cases, your doctor may prescribe ointments containing stronger corticosteroids than over-the-counter products. Apply any creams or lotions within five minutes of getting out of the shower to help lock in moisture.
Most infants who develop the condition outgrow it by their 10th birthday. Beyond that, eczema is a life-long condition.