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.
The symptoms of eczema typically include:
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.
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.
You may be able to prevent many eczema flares if you avoid certain environmental exposure, including:
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.
Your child's eczema treatment depends on their specific symptoms and needs. Some treatment options include:
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.
Your child's doctor may prescribe oral medications such as antihistamines, antibiotics, or immunosuppressants to help minimize flare-ups and heal the skin.
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.