Eczema can occur in different forms, but the most common, atopic dermatitis, often involves itching, dryness, redness and sometimes even oozing or crusting of the skin. This is a condition that is usually present from childhood, although sometimes it can appear as an adult. The rash is usually flared by things it comes in contact with, such as soaps, lotions, or fabrics. Often, especially in children, it can also be flared with certain foods. Here in the Central Valley, eczema can be a particularly uncomfortable condition.


Atopic dermatitis is a diagnosis best made after your allergist has discussed your symptoms and history thoroughly and paired it with a detailed physical examination. Sometimes testing is involved to identify certain environmental, food or contact allergens that may be triggering the inflammation in the skin. Be conscious of the triggers specific to your region of California.


Treating atopic dermatitis is like offering your skin a customized care plan. For mild cases, moisturizers and gentle skincare routines are like the key factors that keep your skin hydrated and happy. In more intense battles, topical corticosteroids or other prescription creams may join the team to calm inflammation. Antihistamines can be a helpful addition, tackling the itchiness. In some cases, your Fresno allergist might recommend biologics, which are like precision tools to adjust your immune response.