The red, itchy skin caused by eczema can affect both your physical and mental well-being, but finding the right treatment to minimize flare-ups takes time and patience. At Advanced Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, board-certified dermatologist Glenn Kolansky, MD, FAAD, can help you develop a treatment plan to reduce your discomfort and improve skin health. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.
Eczema, also referred to as dermatitis, is a general medical term used to describe conditions that cause your skin to be red, itchy, and inflamed. The itchy rash can occur anywhere on your body, but is most often seen on the face, hands, and feet, as well as on the inside of the elbow and behind the knee.
Researchers aren’t certain what causes eczema, but theorize that it may be a genetic condition that’s triggered by an environmental factor. The skin condition isn’t contagious, but is chronic and may improve or worsen with time.
There are several types of eczema that have different causes and symptoms. Common types include:
Atopic dermatitis is the most common type of eczema and affects nearly 30 million adults and children in the United States. This type of eczema occurs due to a malfunction in the immune system that impacts your skin.
Contact dermatitis refers to eczema that results when an irritant or allergen touches your skin.
Dyshidrotic eczema also develops from an allergic reaction but causes blisters to form on the hands and feet.
Seborrheic dermatitis causes flaky, greasy patches of skin to develop near your oil-producing glands. Hormones, genetics, and microorganisms may play a role in the development of this type of eczema.
It’s possible to develop more than one type of eczema. Dr. Kolansky conducts comprehensive evaluations when you come to the office with concerns about eczema so he can determine the type and develop the most appropriate treatment plan.
Treatment for your eczema depends on the type of eczema you have, the severity of your condition, and your overall health. Dr. Kolansky develops personalized treatment plans for each of his patients so they get the most effective and appropriate care.
Your eczema treatment options may include:
Dr. Kolansky may also talk to you about lifestyle changes that may help prevent eczema flare-ups, such as finding a healthy outlet for your stress and using hypoallergenic detergents, soaps, and skin products. Moisturizing your skin regularly may help minimize your itchy, dry skin.
You’re not alone if you find your eczema frustrating. To get the care you need from an experienced dermatologist, contact Advanced Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center by phone or book an appointment online today.