Eczema Q&A

Eczema Q&A

Eczema services offered in Palm Bay, Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, Cocoa, Titusville and Rockledge, FL

Dry, rough, itchy skin could indicate you have eczema. At Florida Dermatology Associates, Ruben Moreno, MD, and his experienced team offer an array of treatments to clear up your skin, make it healthier, and reduce unpleasant symptoms associated with eczema. Call one of the offices in Palm Bay, Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, Cocoa, or Titusville, Florida, or use the online booking tab today.

What is eczema?

Eczema is a skin condition that causes your skin to become itchy, red, dry, or rough. While common during childhood, eczema can develop at any age. It could be long-lasting or flare up every now and then. Treatment with the Florida Dermatology Associates team improves the health of your skin and reduces bothersome complications.

What are the symptoms of eczema?

The common symptoms of eczema include:

  • Itchy skin
  • Dry, rough skin
  • Discolored skin patches
  • Cracked or thickened skin
  • Small, raised bumps
  • Swollen, sensitive skin

You might feel the need to itch or scratch your skin because of eczema. The condition often develops around age five and it may persist into the teenage years or adulthood.

When left untreated, eczema might lead to skin infections, sleeping problems, or other complications. 

What are the risk factors for eczema?

Anyone can develop eczema, as it’s a common dermatology problem, but risk factors include:

  • Family history of eczema
  • Allergies
  • Hay fever
  • Asthma 
  • Being a child

To reduce the chance of having eczema, keep your skin moisturized, adopt healthy habits, take shorter showers, and use gentle soaps instead of harsh skin care products.

How does my provider diagnose eczema?

Diagnosing eczema often includes a physical exam of the affected skin. Your dermatologist reviews your symptoms and your medical history. They may complete patch testing or other diagnostic tests to detect or rule out additional skin conditions. 

How is eczema treated?

The most common eczema treatments include:


Applying medicated cream to skin affected by eczema helps repair the skin and control any itching. You might also take oral medicines to reduce inflammation. 

Light therapy

Exposing your skin to small amounts of natural sunlight or artificial light helps reduce troublesome eczema symptoms.

Wet dressings

You might try wrapping skin affected by eczema in wet bandage or topical corticosteroids to reduce unpleasant symptoms. 

Home remedies

In addition to wet dressings, other home remedies to try include moisturizing your skin at least twice daily, using non-prescription anti-itch creams, or taking oral allergy medicines. Avoid scratching affected skin or using harsh soaps, perfumes, or dyes. Try a humidifier and keep your stress levels low. 

To get treated for eczema, call one of the Florida Dermatology Associates offices or use the online booking tab today.