Eczema Care and Treatment
Why Choose Treatment for Eczema at University of Colorado Hospital?
The dermatologists and staff at University of Colorado Hospital are trained to diagnose and treat all skin conditions, including eczema.
UCH provides the highest levels of nonsurgical and surgical treatment using the latest techniques. Our nurses are certified in dermatology, oncology, surgery and wound care, helping ensure the best in patient care.
What is Eczema?
Eczema is inflammation of the skin that causes itchiness, redness and dryness. The term is often used as a synonym with dermatitis to describe different disorders of the skin with similiar symptoms. Atopic dermatitis, for example, is a common type of eczema that is caused by allergic reactions.
Eczema affects about 15 million people in the U.S. It causes discomfort, but it is rarely dangerous. Your doctor will be able to prescribe the proper treatment after examining your skin.
Tests and Treatments
Tests for Eczema
After examining your skin, your doctor may use a patch test to determine if your eczema is caused by allergies.
The most common treatment for eczema is moisturizing the skin. You can use lukewarm water to remove dry and scaly patches. Oils, creams and ointments all help to keep the skin moist and relieve the discomfort of eczema.
Other treatments include:
- Regulating diet, particularly to eliminate foods that cause allergies
- Getting allergy shots prescribed by your doctor
- Using over-the-counter or prescription corticosteroid creams to reduce inflammation
- Using oral corticosteroids for severe eczema
- Receiving doses of ultraviolet light
- Taking antihistamines to control itching
University of Colorado Hospital takes a team approach to Eczema care. Doctors and nurses blend their skills to provide the most appropriate care for each patient.
Dermatologist – a doctor trained in the diagnosis and treatment of skin changes and diseases.
Internist – A doctor who treats diseases and conditions in adults.
Family medicine doctor – A doctor trained to treat your entire family.
Other Eczema Staff
Registered nurse – a nurse who sees clinic patients, conducts medical evaluations, takes patient histories and provides after care for patients with skin conditions.
Dietitian – a specialist in the effects of nutrition and food preparation on the body.
Living with Eczema
Eczema is often caused by an allergic reaction. You may be able to control eczema by identifying what is causing the reaction and eliminating or staying away from it.
You should avoid touching or scratching the irritated skin. Sweat irritates eczema, so stay away from vigorous exercise until it clears up.
Getting a Second Opinion about Eczema
The doctors and staff of the Dermatology team at University of Colorado Hospital are happy to provide second opinions for patients in the community.
Additional Eczema Resources
American Academy of Dermatology
National Eczema Society
National Eczema Association