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What causes eczema?

Dermatologists see patients for a wide number of reasons, but one of the most common is eczema. This condition can cause itching and rashes that can be extremely difficult to manage. With Drs. Elizabeth Callahan and William Adams of SkinSmart Dermatology in Sarasota, FL, patients can obtain a proper diagnosis and discuss treatment of their condition to improve their skin’s health and overall quality of life!

What is eczema?

Eczema is a chronic. bothersome skin condition that causes the skin to become red, itchy, and inflamed. The most common variety of eczema is called atopic dermatitis, which usually starts in early childhood. Atopic dermatitis is sometimes called “the itch that rashes” because the intense itching can lead to a rash.

Eczema is not contagious, though it can be very uncomfortable. The good news is that there are treatments available that can help to relieve the symptoms.

What causes eczema?

There are several different things which can cause eczema, and often it is a combination of several factors. Eczema is not contagious, so you will not “catch it” from someone else.

  • Immune system. One of the most common causes of eczema is an overactive immune system. This means that your body’s natural defense mechanisms are overly aggressive and start to attack healthy skin cells. This can be triggered by something as simple as a change in temperature or exposure to certain irritants like soap or detergent.
  • Dry skin. Another common cause of eczema is dry skin. When your skin is dry, it becomes cracked, scaly, and inflamed, which makes it more susceptible to infection and further irritation.
  • Medical concerns. Eczema might also be caused by certain medical conditions like allergies, asthma, and psoriasis. And in some cases, eczema may be hereditary. If you have a close family member with eczema, you are more likely to develop it yourself.o

How do I know what is causing my eczema?

Drs. Elizabeth Callahan and William Adams of SkinSmart Dermatology in Sarasota, FL are dermatologists who see patients regularly who struggle with managing their eczema. To obtain a proper diagnosis and discuss effective treatment options, call the office at 941-308-7546 to request an appointment with our professionals. We are open to helping new and returning patients with their medical and aesthetic dermatology needs at our state-of-the-art facility, equipped with the most modern and latest treatments and services for you and your family! Call us for an appointment to learn more about eczema and eczema management options.

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