Nickolas E. Poulos, D.O.
Dermatologist located in the NorthCare building at St. Francis Medical Center, Colorado Springs, CO
According to the National Eczema Association, more than 31 million Americans are living with some form of eczema, a condition that can cause discomfort as well as cosmetic issues. For those in and around Colorado Springs, Colorado, Nickolas Poulos, DO, at Global Dermatology, offers outstanding treatment for eczema symptoms. Begin a path toward clearer skin today by calling to book a visit or scheduling online.
Eczema Q & A
What is eczema?
Eczema is not a single, stand-alone condition but a group of conditions that lead to inflamed, itchy, or rash-prone skin. There are different types of eczema, including:
- Atopic dermatitis
- Contact dermatitis
- Dyshidrotic eczema
- Nummular eczema
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Stasis dermatitis
Researchers believe that eczema symptoms occur when something inside or outside of the body triggers your immune system to react with an inflammatory response. The Colorado Springs area enjoys a naturally dry climate, which can contribute to eczema symptoms.
What are some symptoms of eczema?
Itching skin is the most common symptom of eczema. An overwhelming urge to scratch your skin can cause bleeding or minor breaks in the surface of the skin, which can lead to infection. Scratching, while often difficult to avoid, worsens most symptoms of eczema.
Some additional signs that you might be experiencing eczema include:
- Dry, sensitive skin
- Oozing or crusting
- Inflamed, discolored skin
- Rough, leathery, or scaly areas of skin
- Areas of swelling
Some people show multiple symptoms, while others only have one primary sign of eczema. Symptoms can be steady or flare up from time to time. A diagnostic assessment by a skilled dermatology specialist is the best way to know for sure if eczema is causing these changes in your skin.
Are there treatments that can help with eczema?
There is no known cure for eczema. Treatment at Global Dermatology focuses on healing the affected skin and preventing or reducing the number of symptom flare-ups.
There are many things you can do to control eczema symptoms. Some things to try include:
- Moisturizing daily using high-quality products
- Avoiding rough, scratchy fabrics and fibers
- Taking lukewarm baths
- Using a humidifier when weather is cold or dry
- Choosing mild soaps and skin care products
- Keeping fingernails trimmed to reduce damage from scratching
Medications might also play a role in treating eczema. Topical creams and ointments can reduce inflammation and itching, or Dr. Poulos might prescribe oral medications that can help by changing the way your immune system responds to triggers.
Antibiotics can help if you develop a bacterial skin infection, and phototherapy can use carefully controlled light to improve symptoms. Special moisturizers work to lock in moisture and prevent water loss.
To learn more about customized eczema treatment options, call Global Dermatology to schedule a visit or book using the convenient online scheduling tool.