Medical, Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatology serving the areas of South Pasadena, Arcadia, San Marino, La Canada - Flintridge, and Los Angeles, CA
Eczema refers to skin conditions that cause swollen and inflamed areas of skin. There are many types of eczema that respond to different treatments. At Dermatology Arts in South Pasadena and Arcadia, California, the team of medical dermatology experts specializes in diagnosing and treating eczema. To get relief from your skin condition, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.
Eczema Q & A
What is eczema?
Eczema, also known as dermatitis, is a general term that refers to skin conditions that cause inflamed and swollen skin. Depending on the type, eczema may also cause dry, flaky skin, rashes, or itchy skin.
Eczema is a long-term condition that may get better or worse over time. If you have eczema, or think you have eczema, the team at Dermatology Arts can help.
What are the types of eczema?
There are many types of eczema. Common types include:
Atopic dermatitis is one of the most common types of eczema. It often first appears during childhood and causes a very itchy rash that comes and goes.
Contact dermatitis is a type of skin condition that occurs when your skin touches an irritating substance such as a chemical in a cleaning agent or a perfume in your laundry detergent. With contact dermatitis, you may have an itchy, blistery rash.
If you have tiny blisters on your hands or feet, then you might have dyshidrotic eczema.
Neurodermatitis is a type of eczema that causes an itchy rash that gets itchier the more you scratch.
With nummular eczema, you have red, itchy bumps on your skin.
Stasis dermatitis is a type of eczema that occurs in people with circulation conditions such as venous insufficiency. With this type of eczema, you may develop dry, flaky skin around your ankles.
How is eczema diagnosed?
The Dermatology Arts team conducts comprehensive exams when you come in with concerns about an itchy skin condition. To diagnose eczema, they review your symptoms and medical history, and examine your skin.
Though they may be able to diagnose eczema after a physical exam, they may take a biopsy of your rash to confirm or rule out a diagnosis.
How is eczema treated?
Treatment for your eczema depends on your eczema type and severity and frequency of symptoms. Your provider at Dermatology Arts develops a personalized treatment plan that may include:
- Topical medications
- Oral medications
- Light therapy
- Skin care routine
- Allergy medication
The team may also make suggestions on how to minimize flare-ups, such as avoiding skin irritants and finding healthy outlets for stress.
For comprehensive skin care from a skilled team, call Dermatology Arts or schedule your eczema consultation online today.
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