Eczema - Symptoms & Treatments

Dr. Jason Rivers, MD, FRCPC, discusses eczema symptoms and treatments.

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Dr. Jason Rivers, MD, FRCPC, discusses eczema symptoms and treatments.
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Featuring Dr. Jason Rivers, MD, FRCPC
Eczema - Symptoms & Treatments
Duration: 1 minute, 25 minutes

Eczema - or ec-zee-ma, depending on where you're from - is a fairly common condition and is characterized by a scaling, itchy eruption which can affect really any part of the body.

Eczema, first of all, in the acute phase looks like small little blisters that occur in the area, especially on the hands, and it's very very itchy. With time, eczema can become what we call chronic, where it bceomes dry and very scaly, but still quite itchy and on areas on the hands the skin can actually crack and fissure.

There are types of eczema that occur from irritation, and the skin looks raw and quite irritated. There are types of eczema that occur from genetic causes, such as atopic eczema, which occurs in the folds of the arms, behind the legs, and in the head and neck regions.

These processes can wax and wane over time, and regardless of the type of the eczema, moisturization forms the cornerstone of treatment. In addition to that we ask people to avoid irritants to the skin, and we'll use medicated preparations such as topical steroids, or non-steroidal agents to help alleviate symptoms.

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Presenter: Dr. Jason Rivers, Dermatologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Dermatologist

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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