Clover Internal Medicine Associates
Board Certified Internal Medicine located in Fort Worth, TX
The itchy, red rash caused by your eczema can make life very difficult at times. The team at Clover Internal Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas, can help you manage your eczema to reduce flare-ups and improve your quality of life. For a consultation, call the office today or book an appointment online.
What is eczema?
Eczema is a general medical term that refers to chronic skin rashes. There are several types of eczema, including:
- Atopic dermatitis: A skin condition that runs in families.
- Contact dermatitis: A rash that develops from contact with a specific substance.
- Seborrheic dermatitis: A skin condition that affects your scalp, face, and hands.
- Discoid eczema: A form of eczema that creates a coin-shaped rash.
Atopic dermatitis is the most common type of eczema.
Eczema isn’t contagious, and the exact cause is unknown, but you may be at risk of developing the skin condition due to your genetics or environmental factors. While your skin rash may come and go throughout your life, eczema itself is a chronic condition and requires ongoing medical management.
What symptoms does eczema cause?
Your symptoms may vary depending on the type of eczema you have. It generally starts out as dry, itchy skin that worsens the more you scratch. Your skin may also become red and swollen and ooze a clear fluid that eventually causes crusty and scaly skin.
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, the team at Clover Internal Medicine can develop a treatment plan to help you gain control over your eczema and keep your skin clear.
How is eczema diagnosed?
Your specialist at Clover Internal Medicine conducts a comprehensive examination. The team takes a holistic approach to medical care and looks to find the underlying cause of your condition so you get the most effective treatment.
In addition to a physical exam and a close look at your rash, your specialist also reviews your personal and medical history. You may also undergo allergy testing to see if allergies are the cause of your rash.
What treatments can improve my eczema?
Your specialist at Clover Internal Medicine develops a personalized treatment plan based on the underlying cause of your eczema and creates a skin care regimen to reduce future flare-ups. Your treatment plan includes:
- Topical creams and lotions
- Limiting contact with substances that irritate your skin
- Use of nonallergenic body soaps and moisturizers
Your specialist may also provide recommendations for lifestyle changes to minimize breakouts, such as avoiding activities that cause you to become hot and sweaty.
Eczema is a lifelong condition, but it can be managed. For expert care from a compassionate team focused on prevention, call Clover Internal Medicine today or book an appointment online.
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