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Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)

Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)

Atopic dermatitis, or eczema, is a chronic skin condition caused by immune dysfunction in the layers of the skin.  Often appearing in childhood, eczema can also be associated with allergic disorders, such as asthma, allergic rhinitis, and food allergy. The skin in people with eczema is often very itchy and dry with red to brownish-gray colored patches.  If left untreated, the involved skin may weep and become infected, requiring antibiotics in severe cases. The uncontrolled itchiness can be extremely irritating, painful and can leads to scarring. Proper skin care combined with avoidance of identified triggers and appropriate medications can significantly improve this bothersome skin condition.

Our Dermatologists are specially trained to diagnose and treat atopic dermatitis.  Under a proper care and treatment plan you can get better control of your atopic dermatitis and reduce the itching! 

These before and after pictures are representative of some of our most satisfied patients. Results and number of treatments will vary. A person's results will depend on a variety of factors. Photos are provided for example purposes only, and may not represent the results that all people will obtain.

Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) Symptoms

  • Dry, red or brownish patches or bumps on the skin
  • Itching – minor to severe
  • Thickening of the skin due to chronic scratching
  • Disturbance of sleep patterns

How our Dermatologists can Help you:

  • Take a thorough medical history to identify potential triggers and exacerbating factors for eczema.
  • Provide expert guidance on a proper skin care regimen including bathing tips.
  • Provide appropriate medications (oral and topical) to achieve symptom relief and long-term control.
  • Perform allergy skin testing, when indicated, to evaluate for specific allergens that contribute to worsening eczema.

For patients with Allergic issues, we work very closely with our affiliated practice The Clinical Allergy and can arrange a consultation with their outstanding Allergists as needed.