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At Levy Dermatology, we treat conditions both medical and aesthetic. Eczema can severely impact a person’s quality of life, with its relentless itching and discolored skin. We offer methods that work with your type of eczema to control flare-ups and prevent new patches of discoloration from forming. 

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What is Eczema?

No one knows exactly what causes eczema, although all signs point to an overactive immune system reaction. Eczema is a general word for skin reactions to an allergen or irritant. Sometimes we can use methods like sending you to an allergist for patch testing to help identify this irritant. The allergen or irritant may also remain a mystery, and some people have skin that reacts to many different irritants, but we can still treat your eczema. 

 

Eczema looks like a rash, often slightly raised and usually a different color from the surrounding skin. Eczema rashes often itch, and the itching and scratching can result in scabs and further irritation. While the scratching may cause damage serious enough to leave scars, what most people refer to as “eczema scars” are actually patches of discolored skin that will eventually go away on their own. However, they will continue to reappear as long as you have eczema flare-ups, so the best way to get rid of eczema scars is to control eczema. 

 

These scars can also occur if people overuse topical steroids by applying them much more often than recommended. This can cause the skin to lighten and, in some cases, become thinner. These changes may not go away, so people should always consult with and follow the instructions from a professional when using topical steroids. 

How is Eczema Treated?

Treatment for eczema can vary from home treatments to prescription medications. Still, in many cases, people get maximum relief from a prescription treatment combined with home skincare methods and avoidance of irritants. Ways people can treat eczema include:

 

  • Biological medications that help manage the immune system
  • Steroid creams or pills to control inflammation (make sure to follow instructions)
  • Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream for itching
  • Regular baths and application of a gentle, unscented lotion
  • Avoidance of scented or harsh products as well as known irritants

 

Treatments like oatmeal and aloe vera may help soothe the skin of people with eczema but will probably not get rid of the problem by themselves. 

How to Get Rid of Eczema Scars

Besides the itchy rashes, many people with eczema see post-rash “scars” where the skin has a lighter or darker pigmentation than the surrounding skin. These patches go away on their own over time, but they can cause people distress, especially when they keep forming. 

 

The best way to get rid of eczema scars is to treat the rash itself and stop it from causing pigment changes to the skin. Without new rashes occurring and with the already-present scars slowly fading, you should eventually be rid of the pigmentation marks from your eczema. 

What Results Will I See?

As a result of eczema treatment, you should see clearer skin with fewer rashes and flare-ups. The extent of the results depends on the type of treatment you choose and the severity of your eczema. Still, most people can achieve a significant reduction in eczema flares with treatment. 

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To learn more about eczema treatment, please schedule your consultation by either filling out the form on this page or by calling Levy Dermatology at (901) 624-3333. Levy Dermatology serves patients in the Memphis, Jackson & Collierville, TN areas.

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