Eczema is one of the many dermatology conditions we treat through our telehealth appointments at Tennessee TeleDerm. Learn more about eczema conditions, symptoms, and treatment through online dermatology appointments.

What is Eczema and How is it Treated?

Eczema is the name of a group of skin conditions that cause red, itchy, inflamed, scaly and sometimes blistering or weepy skin changes. Eczema can begin in childhood or as an adult. Eczema can last for a few weeks or can flare off and on over the course of a patient’s life. The main cause of eczema is a weakened skin barrier that allows allergens to enter the superficial layers of the skin, setting off an allergic response. This leads to redness and itching, then skin breakdown. 

Atopic dermatitis (AD) is the medical term for eczema that is more chronic in nature. Patients with AD also tend to have other allergic conditions like seasonal allergies/hay fever and/or asthma. 

The National Eczema Association reports that around 31 million Americans are living with eczema, making it one of the most common conditions in dermatology.

No cure has been found for eczema, but symptoms are manageable through self-care and topical treatments (creams or ointments) and systemic treatments (pills or injectables).