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Eczema services in Miami, FL

Around 10 million Americans develop eczema, including during childhood, the National Eczema Association reports. With extensive experience providing individualized eczema care, board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist Carlos Ricotti, MD, offers the most effective treatments and flare-up prevention strategies at Miami Dermatology & Skin Care in Miami, Florida. Call the dermatology clinic or select the online booking tool for exceptional eczema management and treatments. 

Eczema Q&A

What is eczema?

Eczema is a noncontagious skin disorder that causes red, scaly, itchy rashes. Symptoms can include dry, sensitive skin. Eczema’s scaly rashes can ooze, crack, and even bleed. Without treatment, the condition can feel unbearable, with constant itching and painful patches of skin. Proper management is essential to prevent infection and protect your skin.

What are the main eczema triggers?

Eczema is a complex disorder resulting from abnormal interactions between your genetics and environment, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Many things can trigger flare-ups, such as:

  • Peanuts, soy, milk, eggs, and other foods
  • Synthetic fabrics, wool, and other materials
  • Chemical irritants, including detergents, soaps, and fragrances
  • Cold, dry weather
  • Dust mites, pollen, pet dander, and mold
  • Skin infections

Some women also experience worsening eczema symptoms during menstruation, pregnancy, and other hormonal changes.

How is eczema different from psoriasis?

Eczema and psoriasis often look similar. Both conditions cause red, dry, flaky, cracked patches of skin. However, they’re very different conditions with unique underlying causes that require targeted treatments. While genetics and environmental factors trigger eczema, psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that occurs when your skin cells grow too quickly.

Eczema also tends to be itchier than psoriasis. While both conditions can develop anywhere, eczema usually affects the back of the knees or the inner elbows. Psoriasis is more likely to affect the scalp, face, elbows, or knees.

Will eczema ever go away on its own?

While eczema can resolve spontaneously in some people, it’s usually a lifelong condition. Proper management is essential to minimize flare-ups and keep your skin lesion-free. At Miami Dermatology & Skin Care, your board-certified dermatologist works with you to develop a comprehensive eczema care plan.

What are some ways to manage eczema?

Reducing eczema flare-ups typically involves a combination of lifestyle changes and topical medications that may include:

  • Corticosteroids
  • Tacrolimus ointment
  • Trigger management and avoidance
  • Loose-fitting cotton clothing
  • Fragrance-free detergents
  • Protection against extreme temperatures
  • Moisturizers

If you have eczema, test any new skin care products before adding them to your regimen to protect your skin.

Eczema is manageable with proper care and professional guidance. Call Miami Dermatology & Skin Care or schedule an appointment online for individualized care.