Eczema Specialist

Ebonee Lyons, DNP -  - Family Nurse Practitioner

Lyons Family Care

Ebonee Lyons, DNP

Family Nurse Practitioner located in Homewood, AL

Eczema is a common skin condition, affecting as many as 15 million Americans. If your skin is itchy and you have a rash, you might have eczema. Lyons Family Care in Hoover, Alabama, can diagnose and treat eczema to relieve your uncomfortable symptoms. Take a step toward clearer, healthier skin today by calling or booking a consultation online with Dr. Ebonee Lyons.

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What is eczema?

Eczema is a chronic skin disease that produces an itchy rash. Eczema is caused by an overactive immune system. Your skin becomes:

  • Inflamed
  • Red
  • Itchy
  • Dry
  • Scaly
  • Crusty
  • Bumpy or blistered

Eczema flare-ups can come and go. Although doctors don’t understand why some people get eczema and others don’t, your risk of getting eczema increases if your parents have it, or if you have allergies or asthma.

Eczema affects people of all ages, but it’s especially common in infants. Roughly 10-20% of children have eczema, although most will outgrow it.

The medical name for eczema is atopic dermatitis. While eczema is a chronic condition, the right treatment can prevent flare-ups and give you relief.

Where does eczema occur?

Where your flare-ups occur depends on your age. In infants and young children, eczema appears:

  • On the cheeks
  • On the knees
  • Outside of the elbows

In older children and adults, eczema is seen on your:

  • Arms
  • Hands
  • Feet

It’s also common to have eczema on the back of your knees.

How is eczema diagnosed?

Diagnosing eczema is straightforward. Dr. Lyons will take a complete medical history and examine your skin to determine whether you have eczema. In certain cases, she may suggest a prick test to see whether allergies may be triggering eczema. The prick test involves applying a diluted allergen to your skin with a slight prick or a puncture, then observing whether bumps form after about 15 minutes.

How is eczema treated?

To start, Dr. Lyons will work with you to identify what’s triggering your eczema outbreaks so you can avoid these irritants or allergens. Common triggers include:

  • Pet dander
  • Scratchy fabrics like wool
  • Detergents
  • Dust mites
  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Dry weather
  • Stress

Because there’s no one-size-fits all solution to eczema, Dr. Lyon tailors your treatment to your symptoms. She may recommend

  • Steroid creams or ointments: To help control redness, itching, and swelling
  • Antihistamines: To help control itching
  • Steroid shots: To alleviate the symptoms of severe asthma

If you’re ready for relief from the symptoms of eczema, take the first step to clearer, healthier skin today. Call or schedule a consultation online with Lyons Family Care.