Eczema can show up as a scaly, itchy, and red rash just about anywhere on your body. The condition is common, especially in children, and can be managed successfully with the right care. Board-certified dermatologist Paul Yamauchi, MD, PhD, of Dermatology Institute & Skin Care Center in Santa Monica, California, is a thought leader when it comes to eczema care and offers cutting-edge treatments to help you live with the condition. To get started on your eczema treatment plan, call to make an appointment or book online today.
Eczema Q & A
What is eczema?
Eczema is a collection of skin problems that cause itchy, red, or inflamed skin. It may appear in childhood and often disappears as you reach adulthood.
Symptoms of eczema include:
- Dry, sensitive skin
- Dark patches of skin
- Oozing or crusting sores
- Leathery and scaly patches
Symptoms vary according to the type of eczema you have. The condition can develop in many places on the body, including your elbows, arms, legs, back, face, and hands.
What are common types of eczema?
One of the most common forms of eczema is atopic dermatitis, which is characterized by itching and redness. This form results when your immune system overreacts to certain triggers or when the weather is dry.
Other forms include:
Contact dermatitis occurs when you touch a trigger like soap, lotions, or cosmetics. This condition can show up as an itchy, burning, and stinging rash. Your skin may also become dry or tender.
Dyshidrotic eczema is identified by small, itchy blisters on your fingers, toes, palms, and soles of your feet.
Nummular eczema shows up as itchy, coin-shaped spots that form on your skin.
Seborrheic dermatitis is dandruff and irritation of the scalp.
Stasis dermatitis is a form of eczema that causes itchy, red skin to form around varicose veins on your legs and ankles.
What causes eczema?
Eczema doesn’t have one clear cause. It may be due to:
- Skin sensitivity
- Environmental triggers
- Abnormal functioning of the immune system
Triggers that cause your immune system to flare-up and result in an eczema reaction may include certain chemicals, soaps and detergents, makeup, dry climate, and pet dander. Dermatology Institute & Skin Care Center works with you to determine your personal triggers so you can avoid them.
What are the treatments for eczema?
You gain knowledge and guidance about how to care for your sensitive skin at Dermatology Institute & Skin Care Center. Eczema may require prescription-strength Dupixent or hydrocortisone and non-hydrocortisone creams, as well as oral and topical antihistamines
Seborrheic dermatitis may benefit from medicated shampoos (both prescription and non-prescription strength) and cortisone-based foams to decrease flaking and itching.
Get the treatment you need for eczema. Call Dermatology Institute & Skin Care Center or book your appointment online today.