Carrie Jones, MD
Pediatrician located in Argyle, TX
Chronic skin conditions can be painful and disruptive for your child. Carrie Jones, MD, and the staff at Argyle Pediatrics in Argyle, Texas, offer accurate diagnostic services and treatment options to address skin disorders, such as eczema, in infants and school-aged children. Dr. Jones reviews your child’s symptoms and offers a variety of options to address pain and promote healthy skin. Find out more about available treatments for eczema and other skin conditions by calling the office or using the online booking feature.
Eczema/Atopic Dermatitis Q & A
What is atopic dermatitis?
Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition that results from contact with an allergen or irritant. This type of skin issue often affects babies and young children, causing skin to become itchy, red, and flake off.
Certain triggers can worsen eczema symptoms, such as:
- Certain fabrics
Eczema often occurs on the face, knees, and the outside of the elbows of infants. Older children may develop eczema on their feet, hands, arms, and the backside of their knees.
What are the symptoms of eczema?
Children can experience chronic skin issues as the result of eczema or have flare-ups that go away and come back throughout their childhood and adult life. In addition to itchy, flaking skin, your child may also have chronically dry skin that appears scaly. Other common signs of eczema include:
- Swelling in the affected area
- Thickening of the skin
- Small, weeping bumps
If your child scratches the affected skin, it can cause tears that lead to infection.
How is eczema diagnosed?
Dr. Jones can often determine if your child’s symptoms relate to eczema by examining the skin. She also reviews your child’s health and family history as eczema is common in children whose mothers have existing allergies.
What treatment options are available for eczema?
Dr. Jones creates a custom treatment plan based on the severity of eczema symptoms and the location of the flare-ups. While there isn’t a cure for eczema, she can ensure your child is healthy and their symptoms are well-managed.
Treatment options for pediatric eczema may include topical creams or ointments that hydrate the skin and reduce itching and pain. Your child may also benefit from regular use of oral antihistamines that prevent itching or steroids that relieve inflammation.
Dr. Jones also recommends avoiding known triggers of eczema flare-ups, such as allergens and chemicals that can irritate the skin. She may suggest skin care products, like gentle soaps, shampoos, and dry skin moisturizers, to protect the health of your child’s skin.
Learn more about managing your child’s eczema symptoms by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Jones online or by calling the office.