Eczema

San Antonio Asthma & Allergy

Allergy and Asthma Specialists located in San Antonio, TX

As many as 30 million children and adults in the United States are affected by frequent skin irritation associated with eczema. At San Antonio Asthma & Allergy in San Antonio, Texas, David Hrncir, MD, and the skilled medical team understand how eczema impacts your life. They offer in-office diagnostic testing and treatment services to identify eczema triggers and prevent more serious skin issues and infections. Contact San Antonio Asthma & Allergy today, by phone or by requesting an appointment online, to learn more about the eczema treatment options available for you or your child.

Eczema Q&A

What is eczema?

Eczema is a group of skin conditions that leaves your skin irritated, red, and itchy. Affected areas of skin can also crack and weep fluids. 

While there are several types of eczema, which are defined by what triggers your symptoms, the most common types that affect children and adults include:

Atopic dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis causes a red, itchy rash most often on the inside of the elbows and behind the knees due to immune system dysfunction, exposure to an allergen, or because of genetic factors.

Contact dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is a type of eczema that irritates your skin when you make contact with certain substances, like dyes, chemicals, or poison ivy.

Seborrheic dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis is a condition where you develop a fungal infection in the protective oils on your skin.

Eczema symptoms can develop at any time and are especially common in infants. If you have a family history of eczema or a personal history of allergies, you may be at increased risk for developing eczema.

If not properly managed and treated, eczema can result in frequent and painful, open sores, and skin infections that can spread to other parts of your body.

How is eczema diagnosed?

If you have symptoms of eczema that aren’t relieved with home care, the team at San Antonio Asthma & Allergy offers on-site skin evaluations to confirm that your skin issues are related to eczema and not another underlying medical issue.

In addition to reviewing your medical history and evaluating your overall skin health, the San Antonio Asthma & Allergy team offers comprehensive skin testing and blood testing for allergies to better understand what’s triggering your eczema symptoms.

By identifying the root cause of your symptoms, your provider can customize your treatment to help you find immediate and long-term relief of eczema.

How is eczema treated?

The medical team at San Antonio Asthma & Allergy offers several treatment options for managing eczema. For many, topical medicines applied directly to the skin address persistent itchiness and inflammation.

In addition to calming skin irritation, your San Antonio Asthma & Allergy provider may create a treatment plan that focuses on allergy triggers that contribute to eczema flare-ups. You might benefit from prescription, systemic medications that suppress your immune system and prevent severe eczema symptoms.

To protect your skin’s health, the San Antonio Asthma & Allergy specialists offer resources for bathing and skin hygiene to prevent infections. Your provider also recommends high-quality lotions and creams to keep your skin moisturized.

If you’re bothered by persistent skin irritation or infections, contact San Antonio Asthma & Allergy today by calling the office.