What is Eczema?
It is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that results in dry skin, with patches that are red and intensely itchy. These patches sometimes ooze, become scaly, crusted or hardened. Some individuals have mild symptoms while others have severe symptoms that negatively impact quality of life. Eczema can occur anywhere on the skin and is usually found in the bends of the arms or backs of the knees. The most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis which refers to hereditary tendency toward eczema, asthma, and allergic rhinitis (hay fever).
There are many types of eczema and they are: atopic dermatitis (AD), allergic contact dermatitis, infantile seborrheic, adult seborrheic, varicose, and discoid. Often, different types of eczema can be triggered by certain soaps, clothing fabrics, deodorants, carpet fibers, dust, and others.
What is Eucrisa?
Eucrisa is the first FDA-approved topical prescription treatment for eczema in over a decade. It is steroid-free and an ointment for people with mild-to-moderate eczema. It can be used by different individuals from a varying ethnic background from nose to toes on adults and children as young as 2 years old. It is for topical use only. Eucrisa works both above and below the skin to treat eczema as it also combats irritation that you cannot always see. The main ingredient is crisaborole 2% and it acts deep within your skin cells to target an enzyme called PDE4 (phosphodiesterase 4). It is combined with Emollient-Rich vehicle ointment which helps lock the moisture and soften the skin.
The benefits of Eucrisa are:
- Helps combat eczema above and below the skin
- Can be used on individuals from varying ethnic backgrounds
- Can be used on adults and children
What are the side effects of Eucrisa?
There could be stinging or burning at the application site, some patients experience an allergic reaction to the drug, some dizziness or itching. For a detailed list of side effects, please speak with your doctor or your pharmacist. Keep in mind that if your doctor prescribed this medication, that your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the potential side effects.
Still not sure if this is the best course of treatment for you? Consult with Dr. Charles Wang to learn more.