Itchy and irritated skin is a frequent problem for 10% of the United States population living with eczema. The skin experts at Clear Skin Dermatology in St. Charles, Oak Park, and Sycamore, Illinois, treat eczema using topical medications, light therapy, and more. To find lasting relief from your eczema, call the nearest office or request an appointment online today.

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What is eczema?

Eczema is an irritable skin condition that causes rashes and itching. It’s common among infants and small children, but you can get a flare-up at any age. 

It’s important to avoid scratching your rashes, no matter how irritated or itchy they get since you can break the skin and cause an infection. 

The most common of the many types of eczema is atopic dermatitis. It’s a chronic condition that stems from a malfunction of your immune system. However, you’ll go through stages where you have symptoms and stages where you don’t. 

There are steps you can take in your normal routine to prevent or reduce flare-ups.

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Eczema symptoms vary. Common symptoms in infants and small children can be vastly different from symptoms that you get in adulthood. Usually, adult eczema flare-ups are scalier and flakier than eczema patches in babies and children.

Possible signs and symptoms of eczema include:

  • Dry skin
  • Cracked skin
  • Itching
  • Crusting
  • Leaking sores

How can I manage my eczema?

The experienced dermatologists at Clear Skin Dermatology can help prevent new eczema patches and calm existing flare-ups with an individualized treatment plan. If you suspect that your skin irritation is due to eczema, Clear Skin Dermatology will perform a thorough assessment that includes a review of your medical history and a physical exam.

After assessing your skin, they might recommend:

Home care

Taking care of your skin at home can make a big difference for your eczema. You should moisturize every day, take lukewarm baths and showers, and wear soft, skin-friendly fabrics.


Your provider might prescribe a topical, oral, or injectable medication to help you manage your eczema. Topical, injectable, or oral corticosteroids are a great option to help relieve inflammation and irritation.

Light therapy

When appropriate, Clear Skin Dermatology treats eczema with Narrowband UVB phototherapy, a quick and painless treatment that takes less than 5 minutes two or three times a week and can yield dramatic results over time.

If eczema rashes and itching frequently interfere with your quality of life, call Clear Skin Dermatology or request an appointment online today.