Total Access Pediatric Urgent Care

Pediatric Urgent Care located in Rockville, MD

About 10.7% of children in the United States today suffer from the itchy, painful condition known as atopic dermatitis, more commonly known as eczema. While the illness can make life difficult, especially for young children, the team at Total Access Pediatric Urgent Care in Rockville, Maryland, can your child deal with it. Bring your child in for a no-appointment-needed visit, or click or call now to get in touch.

Eczema Q & A

What are the symptoms of eczema?

The symptoms of eczema typically include:

  • Red skin
  • Scaly skin
  • Itchy skin
  • Swollen skin
  • Oozing and crusting patches on the skin

Eczema may appear on your child's face or chest first. It can also develop inside elbows, behind the knees, on the back of the neck, or even between fingers and toes. While eczema is hard to look at and even harder to live with, it's not contagious.

When does eczema start?

Around 60% of children who suffer from eczema have an outbreak before they're 12 months old, and another 30% of childhood eczema sufferers show symptoms by the time they're 5 years old.

How can I prevent my child's eczema flare-ups?

You may be able to prevent many eczema flares if you avoid certain environmental exposure, including:

  • Prolonged time in hot water
  • Prolonged time in cold temperatures
  • Prolonged exposure to humidity
  • Scratchy fabrics
  • Heavily scented soaps, body washes, and detergents

If you avoid these things and also follow the doctor's treatment guidelines closely, you'll be able to control your child's eczema as effectively as possible.

What's the treatment for eczema?

Your child's eczema treatment depends on their specific symptoms and needs. Some treatment options include:

Topical Creams

Emollient skin moisturizers, hydrocortisone cream, and topical antibiotics are all treatments that you apply to your child's skin. These creams help retain moisture and promote skin healing.

Oral Medications

Your child's doctor may prescribe oral medications such as antihistamines, antibiotics, or immunosuppressants to help minimize flare-ups and heal the skin.

Bleach Baths

Bleach bath therapy happens at home. When you use a carefully measured amount of bleach in your child's bath, you may be able to destroy harmful skin bacteria, alleviate itchiness, and reduce skin redness. Bleach baths can be a good supplement to topical creams or oral medications.

With the right approach to treatment and support at home, your child can enjoy life as flare-free as possible.

Don't let eczema make your child's life itchy, painful, and miserable. Total Access Pediatric Urgent Care in Rockville, Maryland, can help with eczema flares, so get in touch now through the online form or by phone.