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Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is a chronic disease of the skin- meaning it is an ongoing problem.  It causes dry, itchy, irritated skin and can be stressful for kids and families.  It is not contagious but sometimes runs in families, however not everyone in the family will have it.



What is Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)?

There is no known cure for eczema, but there are lots of good ways to control and treat this condition.  The best thing you can do for the eczema is to keep skin moisturized!  People with eczema have dry skin, the drier the skin, the more itchy and irritated the skin will be.

Tips to prevent an Eczema flare-up

The following are general guidelines for preventing an Eczema flare-up:

  • Bathe daily.  Use lukewarm water for 10 minutes or less.
  • Use small amounts of mild soap.  Choose one that is fragrance free.  A liquid or bar is fine, some suggestions are: Dove, Cetaphil, Purpose, Cerave.
  • Pat skin dry-do not rub.  Be gentle; rough rubbing can irritate the skin.
  • Moisturize immediately after a bath or shower, when the skin is still a little wet.
  • Moisturize with creams or lotions as often as needed throughout the day.
  • Choose a moisturizer without fragrance.  Examples:  Eucerin cream, Lubriderm, Cerave, Aquaphor ointment, Vaseline.
  • Use fragrance-free laundry detergent such as Cheer-free or all-free.
  • Don’t use dryer sheets, as they are too irritating.

What should you do in case of an Eczema flare?

Despite good routine care, eczema may still flare.  The plan below will tell you what medicines to use to get the flare under control.  Don’t forget—keep using a good routine skin care even during a flare. Dr. Jennifer Janiga highly recommends the following treatment:

The Soak-and-Grease method for treating Eczema:

  • Soak in bathtub for 10 minutes until fingers are slightly wrinkly.
  • Pat skin dry and apply a greasy moisturizer to whole body.  This can be done two times per day if time permits, but at least once per day.
  • If you are applying any prescription medications, they can be applied 30 minutes after the Soak and Grease has been performed.

Do you offer Eczema treatment in your Reno/Tahoe office?

Yes. We evaluate and treat patients with eczema, or atopic dermatitis, and recommend a variety of approaches to eczema treatment, that may include prescribing topical medications as needed. Appointment length varies depending on severity of condition, but is usually not more than 15-30 minutes.

For more information, or to set up a consultation with Dr. Jennifer Janiga for your Eczema evaluation in our Reno/Tahoe dermatology office, please send us an email or call 775-398-4600.

Jennifer J. Janiga, MD, FAAD

Dr. Janiga enjoys taking care of both adults and children. Her extensive training and years of experience in medical dermatology, lasers, and cosmetic procedures allows her to treat her patients with the comprehensive attention they deserve.

Dr. Janiga listens attentively to what patients have to say, and works with them in planning the right course of action on an individual basis. Honest talk, humility and a fresh perspective paired with years of experience and education all contribute to the effectiveness of her straightforward care.