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Bronx Park Urgent Medical Care

Urgent Care located in Bronx, NY

Eczema Specialist
Eczema causes itchy, flaky, and inflamed skin. It's a condition that can't always be prevented, but there’s a great deal that patients can do to get it under control and lessen the frequency of the eczema flares. The team at Bronx Park Urgent Medical Care in Bronx, New York, is dedicated to helping patients who suffer from eczema and other conditions to be free of their symptoms at last.

Eczema Q & A

Bronx Park Urgent Medical Care

What is eczema?

Eczema is a condition arising from insufficient oil and fat levels within the skin. Eczema can appear anywhere on the entire body, but it's most often seen on the elbows, behind the knees, the wrists, and the fingers. In infants, the most common location for eczema is the face. In most cases, eczema tends to develop in the skin folds. Eczema causes flaky, red, and bumpy looking patches of skin. In the more severe cases, eczema can even cause bleeding, crusting, and oozing.

Who is most likely to have eczema?

Eczema is most often seen in children, but patients of any age can suffer from this condition.
Patients who already have eczema in the family, particularly if it's a close relative like a parent or sibling, are more likely to develop the condition themselves.

Some research seems to suggest that patients who live in cold climates are more prone to eczema, as well. In most cases, it appears that eczema is closely related to environmental factors.

What environmental factors can contribute to eczema flares?

Environmental factors that can contribute to eczema flares can include all of the following:

  • Excessive water exposure
  • Extreme heat or cold
  • Exposure to scratchy fabrics such as wool
  • Sweating profusely and then getting chilled immediately afterwards
  • High humidity levels

Chemicals and other ingredients in products like soaps, makeup, perfume, detergent, and household cleaning products can also contribute to eczema flares.

How is eczema treated?

The treatment for eczema is customized based on the patient's triggers and their individual symptoms.

Emollient moisturizers, which usually come in cream or ointment form, are often very helpful. These should be used immediately after a bath, shower, or swim to help lock moisture into the skin.

When patients have difficult eczema flares regularly, topical or oral steroids can be quite effective.

There may also be cases — particularly with very young patients — where dietary changes can be helpful in controlling eczema flares.

At Bronx Park Urgent Medical Care, every patient will receive a customized care plan for their eczema, which will allow them to live their life as flare-free as possible.

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