The causes and symptoms of eczema

Eczema is a common skin condition that can impact both children and adults. At the Florida Academic Dermatology Center in Coral Gables, Florida, Dr. Francisco Kerdel and his team provide the diagnosis and treatment of this and many other serious dermatological concerns for patients in the community. Our team of professionals work routinely with patients who are struggling with this condition and are seeking solutions. 

What is eczema? 

The dermatological condition known as eczema is a common skin condition that can cause the formation of red, itchy patches of skin on the face and body. While it is commonly known for its pesky flareups, patients with eczema understand that this chronic skin condition may need prevention and treatment to ensure patients are comfortable. Over 30 million Americans deal with eczema and often find ways to manage their condition with the assistance of a medical professional. 

What are the symptoms of eczema? 

Some of the more common signs of eczema include: 

  •         Dark patches of skin
  •         Skin that oozes or crusts
  •         Skin that becomes scaly or leathery in texture
  •         Swelling in the area of the flareup
  •         Red, swollen bumps on the skin that itch
  •         Inflamed areas of skin on the face or body

What causes someone to develop eczema? 

Research continues to pinpoint the cause of eczema to help doctors understand why some patients develop it and other do not. There are certain factors that can put patients at risk of developing eczema. This includes patients who have a specific gene variant that makes them vulnerable to eczema flareups. Patients who have a family history of certain medical concerns such as allergies, asthma, or eczema in other family members have an increased risk of eczema as well. Discussing your medical history with your dermatologist can assist in determining why the condition has developed and the best way to treat it. 

Do you struggle with eczema? 

Working with a dermatologist who has years of experience in providing treatment for eczema is the first step in finding a solution—and finding relief! Contact Dr. Francisco Kerdel and his associates at the Florida Academic Dermatology Center of Coral Gables, FL at (305) 324-2110 to request an appointment at 475 Biltmore Way, Suite #207.   

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