Eczema Specialist

Joel Juarez-Uribe, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Cardiology Medical Clinic of Chula Vista

Joel Juarez-Uribe, MD

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Chula Vista, CA

Eczema that causes rough, dry patches can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Dr. Juarez-Uribe and the staff at Cardiology Medical Clinic of Chula Vista in Chula Vista, California have solutions for you to help you find relief from your itchiest of days. Call the clinic or schedule an appointment online today to start finally feeling better.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema, also known as dermatitis, is a skin condition that causes dry and rough patches on the body. The spots usually itch and are most commonly seen on the cheeks or chins on babies. On adults, the condition is usually seen on the back of your knees or elbows.

Who gets eczema?

Over 30 million Americans have eczema in the United States. Eczema primarily affects children and usually disappears as children age, however, some children may continue to experience symptoms as adults. Less commonly, adults may form eczema with no prior symptoms of the condition as a child.

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Symptoms of eczema range from mildly annoying to extremely itchy, however the severity of symptoms vary from person to person. Some common symptoms may include:

  • Rashes
  • Dryness
  • Redness
  • Bumps
  • Itching
  • Rough skin
  • Oozing or crusting
  • Swelling

Dr. Juarez-Uribe can help you find solutions to help make you more comfortable in your own skin.

What causes eczema?

Eczema is the body’s immune system overreacting to certain triggers. Certain triggers may cause a flare-up:

  • Living in a city with pollution
  • Pollen
  • Animal dander or saliva
  • Scratchy clothing
  • Sweating
  • Soaps
  • Dust
  • Fruit juices
  • Household cleaning products
  • A cold or the flu

It is common for people who have family members with eczema to develop the condition. In addition, there is a correlation between eczema and people with asthma or allergies.

What are the treatments for eczema?

There’s no cure for eczema, but there are many different treatments that can help you prevent future flare-ups. Treatments may depend on your age and the severity of your condition.

  • Keeping skin moisturized
  • Using colder water for showers and baths
  • Using gentle and fragrance-free soaps and detergents
  • Avoiding tight fitted clothing
  • Avoiding any scratching or rubbing
  • Using steroid ointments and creams to reduce swelling, redness, and itching
  • Using prescription topical medications
  • Taking an antihistamine pill to reduce itching, especially at night
  • Taking antibiotics if there is a bacterial skin infection

Dr. Juarez-Uribe is an expert at helping find the solution that fits your needs. He can help you narrow down what are the exact culprits of your flare-ups and helps you find a suitable treatment. Call Cardiology Medical Clinic of Chula Vista or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about eczema and your treatment options.