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Eczema Q&A

A Private Medical Practice & Dermatologist located in Grapevine, TX

Eczema services offered in Grapevine, TX

Rough, flaky, scaly, itchy skin might indicate you have eczema, but help is within reach. At his private practice in Grapevine, Texas, board-certified dermatologist James R. Bond, Jr., MD, PA, offers an array of eczema treatments at his eponymous practice to make your skin look and feel healthier. Call his office to learn more or use the online booking feature today.

What is eczema?

Eczema is a common skin condition among children and some adults. It causes your skin to appear itchy, rough, or red. While there’s no cure for eczema, treatment can reduce unpleasant symptoms or prevent future outbreaks. 

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Eczema may cause the following symptoms:

  • Itching
  • Dry skin
  • Red or brown skin patches
  • Small, raised bumps
  • Scaly, cracked, or thickened skin

Affected skin may also be tender, sensitive, or swollen from extensively scratching it. Skin infections might develop because of itching eczema-prone skin. Eczema often begins during early childhood and may persist into the teenage years or adulthood. 

What are the risk factors for eczema?

Anyone can develop eczema, but common causes and risk factors include:

  • Food allergies
  • Genetics
  • Skin irritants
  • History of hay fever
  • Asthma 

Having a family member with eczema increases your chance of having it. Ways to reduce the risk of eczema include keeping your skin moisturized, identifying triggers that worsen eczema, taking shorter showers or baths, and avoiding harsh soaps and other irritants.

How does my doctor diagnose eczema?

Dr. Bond diagnoses eczema after reviewing your symptoms and medical history. He examines your skin and may recommend patch testing or other diagnostic tests to detect or rule out additional dermatology conditions, before tailoring your treatment plan.

How is eczema treated?

Dr. Bond may suggest you try one or more of the following eczema treatments:

Home remedies

Things you can do at home to ease unpleasant eczema symptoms include moisturizing your skin at least twice daily, taking a warm bath with baking soda or raw oatmeal, not scratching itchy skin, using a humidifier, and avoiding harsh skin care products. It’s also important to keep your stress levels as low as possible.

Medications

Taking oral medicines or using topical medicated creams can clear up skin affected by eczema and alleviate unpleasant symptoms. 

Therapies

Light therapy (exposing skin to controlled amounts of natural light), wet dressings with topical medicines, and counseling can reduce eczema symptoms and improve your quality of living.

To find out if you have eczema or get treated for it, call James R. Bond, Jr., MD, PA, or use the online booking feature today.

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