Eczema

Edwin P. Herd, MD

Pediatrics located in Kailua-Kona, HI

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, nearly 10% of American children have eczema. If your child is among them, a visit to Edwin P. Herd, MD, at his pediatric practice in the Kailua-Kona area of Hawaii can be the first step in finding relief. Dr. Herd is experienced in treating eczema and various other common skin conditions and can help your child find relief from troubling symptoms. Book your appointment today, either by phone or using the easy online scheduling tool.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema is a name used to describe a group of skin conditions that share common symptoms. The most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis, and many children are affected by the condition.

The word eczema is rooted in a Greek word that means “to boil over.” That is a good way to think about eczema, as the condition causes uncomfortable changes in the skin during flare-ups.

The most prevalent symptom of eczema is patches of skin that occasionally become red, itchy,  dry, thick, and inflamed. In children, eczema is most common on the cheeks and chin area, but it can occur anywhere on the body. Some kids experience sleep disruptions due to skin irritation.

Symptoms can range from occasional and very mild to frequent and severe. Some kids are also emotionally distressed by the appearance of their skin during flare-ups.

How can I care for my child’s eczema at home?

In some cases, eczema can be effectively managed through self-care efforts. These tips can  minimize the effect eczema has on your child:

  • Bathe your child regularly using mild soap
  • Use a good quality moisturizer
  • Keep your child’s room cool at night to prevent sweating
  • Keep nails trimmed to prevent scratching

Exposure to triggers can also cause eczema flare-ups. Take steps to avoid exposing your child to common triggers, including:

  • Fragrances
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Formaldehyde, present in some disinfectants and adhesives
  • Wool and polyester fabrics
  • Certain metals, including nickel
  • Antibacterial ointments

Not all kids are affected by the same eczema triggers but learning which ones cause skin disruptions in your child is a great way to prevent eczema outbreaks.

What are some treatment options for eczema?

Dr. Herd performs a thorough diagnostic exam prior to determining a treatment path. Your child’s treatment path depends on his or her age, medical history, overall health, and parental preference.

Antihistamines can help treat eczema. There are several options to choose from, some of which do not cause sleepiness. Steroid creams can also help by reducing inflammation. In some cases, oral antibiotics are an effective way to manage eczema.

If you’re concerned about your child’s patchy or itchy skin, schedule an appointment with Dr. Herd to determine if eczema is present and explore treatment options. You can set up your visit online or by phone.