Eczema, which is also called atopic dermatitis, is a common skin disorder that causes dry, itching and inflamed skin. The eczema rash comes and goes in cycles. Triggers like allergies or infections may need to a worsening of the rash, or flare.
Treatment options for eczema include topical corticosteroids, calcineurin inhibitors (Protopic), antihistamines and antibiotics. Topical corticosteroids are applied as creams to the affected areas. Once the cream is applied, Dr. Kraig K. Jenson, Dr. Byron Edwards or Dr. Devin Burr may recommend that you apply a damp cloth to the area to help the skin absorb the cream. If the eczema area is not large, Calcineurin inhibitors may be used. Allergy medications, like antihistamines, may be recommended to ease the itch. Some antihistamines can be over-the-counter drugs that do not make you sleepy and others are stronger and will make you sleepy. Antibiotics can also be prescribed to treat your skin condition. Our dermatologists will recommend a treatment based on the location of the dermatitis, severity of symptoms, the presence of possible skin infection and your response to past treatments. Treating your skin with the regular use of moisturizers can often keep atomic dermatitis under control.
We invite you to contact Dermatology Center today at 801-224-5200 for more information about treatments for skin rash in Orem, Utah, and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jenson, Byron Edwards or Dr. Devin Burr.