Eczema affects 10-20% of children in the United States, causing itchiness and irritated skin. To improve your child’s eczema symptoms, the skilled pediatricians at Oak Park Pediatrics offer treatment plans to keep your child’s eczema well-controlled. Whether your child needs prescription medications or recommendations for eczema-safe skin care products, you can find help for pediatric eczema at the office near Agoura Hills, California.
Eczema is a common skin condition in children, also known as atopic dermatitis, which typically appears during childhood. Skin becomes red, itchy, and flaky. Unmanaged eczema can lead to persistent scratching, which increases the risk of skin infections.
The symptoms of eczema can come and go, flaring up when your child comes into contact with an allergen or sweats a lot. For some, eczema can be chronic, lasting into adulthood.
The doctors at Oak Park Pediatrics can often diagnose eczema after reviewing your child’s personal and family medical history and physically examining the affected skin. Eczema tends to appear in locations such as your child’s face, knees, elbows, wrists, and ankles.
Your Oak Park Pediatrics provider may recommend allergy testing and possibly blood work to rule out other underlying issues that can cause skin issues.
The goal of treating eczema is to reduce the frequency of flare-ups and to calm the itching in order to keep your child from scratching.
While there is no cure for eczema, your Oak Park Pediatrics doctor can work with you to keep it well-controlled. In many cases, you’ll need to apply a daily emollient or moisturizer on your child’s skin.
Topical medications can help relieve itching and your child’s doctor may also suggest allergy medication to prevent flare-ups. For difficult to control eczema, a steroid cream may be a good option. If redness and itchy skin are interfering with your child’s quality of life, schedule a diagnostic appointment for eczema.