The terms "Eczema" or "Atopic Dermatitis" are used to describe certain kinds of inflamed skin conditions including allergic contact Dermatitis and nummular Dermatitis. Eczema can be red, blistering, oozing, scaly, brownish, or thickened and usually itches. A special type is called Atopic Dermatitis or Atopic Eczema.
The word "Atopic" means there is a tendency for excess inflammation in the skin and linings of the nose and lungs. This often runs in families with allergies such as hay fever and asthma, sensitive skin, or a history of atopic dermatitis.
Although most people with Atopic Dermatitis have family members with similar problems, twenty percent of them are the only ones in their family with the condition.
Atopic Dermatitis can occur at any age but is most common in infants to boys and girls. The skin rash is very itchy and can be widespread, or limited to a few areas. This condition frequently improves with adolescence, but many patients are affected throughout life, although not as severely as in early childhood.
When the disease starts in infancy, it is called Infantile Eczema, this is an itchy, oozing, crusting rash and occurs mainly on the face and scalp, but patches can appear anywhere.
Eczema in Later Life
In teens and young adults, the patches typically occur on the hands and feet. However, any area such as the bends of the elbows, backs ofthe knees, ankles, wrists, face, neck and upper chest may be affected. When it appears on the palms, backs of the hands, fingers, or on the feet, there can be episodes of crusting and oozing.
Other Eczema patches in this stage are typically dry, red to brownish-gray, and may be scaly or thickened. The thickened areas may last for years without treatment. The intense, almost unbearable itching can continue, and may be most noticeable at night. Some patients scratch the skin until it bleeds and crusts. When this occurs, the skin can get infected.
Brighton Dermatology is conveniently located in Mid Michigan and serves all of Michigan including: Brighton, Howell, Novi, Pinckney, Whitmore Lake, Wixom, Walled Lake, Milford, Farmington Hills, South Lyon, Northville and all other cities in Mid Michigan and the Greater Metro Detroit areas.
Please call 810-220-4422 to schedule a Eczema / Atopic Dermatitis consultation appointment or to inquire about any other treatments performed at Brighton Dermatology and Regenesis. Feel free to contact us by email here.