ECZEMA DOCTOR NYC
Our eczema doctors in NYC use a wide array of treatment modalities to reduce the effects of eczema. Eczema is a term used to describe the ongoing flare up of skin inflammations. Characterized by red, itchy rashes, eczema is a chronic skin condition that keeps coming back over time. Eczema primarily affects children, though adults can also have it. Most types of eczema cause itchy skin and rashes on the face, neck, inner elbows, behind the knees, and on the hands and feet. It can be very uncomfortable when left untreated or improperly treated. Our eczema doctors at Dermatology, Laser & Surgery of Carnegie Hill can diagnose and treat eczema to provide relief for patients.
WHAT IS ECZEMA?
Eczema is a chronic skin condition that keeps coming back. Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema presents itself as red, itchy rashes. Eczema is an immunological disease, which means the immune system is highly sensitive and can react to even the smallest amount of allergens or irritants. This causes inflammation underneath the skin, which may lead to flare ups of irritation on top of the skin. Severe eczema can affect the quality of your life. At Dermatology, Laser & Surgery of Carnegie Hill, our eczema doctors offer many medications and therapies that can stop or reduce the symptoms of eczema.
WHO GETS ECZEMA?
Millions of people, including infants, children, teenagers, and adults, suffer from eczema. Eczema is most common in children who have asthma or hay fever and adults who develop these allergies later in life. Eczema is not contagious and cannot be passed from person to person. This condition does not have to be debilitating. A dermatologist who is trained to treat eczema can help identify the correct treatment for you.
WHAT TRIGGERS ECZEMA?
Normally, the immune system attacks only bacteria or viruses. In the case of eczema, the immune system also attacks proteins that are part of the body. This results in inflammation, which then causes itchiness and rashes. Some common triggers of eczema are: detergents, cleansers, wool, synthetic fabrics, food allergies, animal dander, temperature changes, perspiration, humidity changes, upper respiratory infections, and stress. Any foods that increase the inflammation in your body can potentially make eczema worse or cause a flare up. Inflammatory foods and ingredients include: dairy, gluten, sugar, saturated fats, and refined carbohydrates.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF ECZEMA?
Eczema can affect many different parts of the body. One thing all forms of eczema have in common (regardless of the part of the body that’s affected) is that it’s almost always itchy. In some cases, the itchiness starts before the rash appears, while other times the itchiness coincides with the rash appearing. The rash most commonly presents itself on the face, back of the knees, wrists, hands, or feet. The rash causes red, dry, thickened skin. Sometimes there is oozing, crusting, or swelling of the skin. On lighter skin, the rash may appear reddish and turn brown. On darker skin, eczema can make the rash appear lighter in pigment or darker. In infants, the rash can sometimes ooze or crust when the eczema is on the face or scalp.
WHY SHOULDN’T I SCRATCH MY ECZEMA?
The itchiness that is typical of eczema is caused by immune cells in the deep layers of the skin. These cells send inflammation signals to the surface, causing the itchy rash. Scratching only opens up the skin and breaks down the top layer of skin, which then allows germs and more allergens to get in, worsening the itching. The more you scratch, the more the immune system causes the inflammation to worsen, exacerbating your eczema.
IS THERE ONLY ONE KIND OF ECZEMA?
There are several types of eczema: atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, nummular eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, and stasis dermatitis. When people speak of eczema, they usually mean atopic dermatitis, which is the most common type of itchy, red rash. Contact dermatitis is caused by irritants. Dyshidrotic dermatitis affects the fingers, palms of the hands, and soles of the feet. Nummular dermatitis usually affects men’s legs in the winter months. Seborrheic dermatitis causes inflammation on the scalp, eyelids, nose, and behind the ears.
HOW CAN YOUR ECZEMA DOCTORS IN NYC TREAT ECZEMA?
Over-the-counter antihistamines may be helpful in relieving itching by blocking histamines. However, seeking the care of a qualified eczema doctor can help identify the right treatment or combination of treatments to achieve the best results for you. Dermatologists have a variety of cortisone creams, wet dressings, oral corticosteroids, injectable medications, and immunosuppressants to choose from. Your doctor may also recommend light or photo therapies to help prevent new flare ups. If not treated properly, eczema can lead to more complicated skin conditions, causing additional health complications. Receiving proper treatment can help calm symptoms.*
HOW DO I LEARN MORE ABOUT ECZEMA TREATMENT IN NYC?
Everyone’s eczema is different. Talk to one of our eczema doctors about all of your treatment options. If you think that you may benefit from eczema treatments, contact us. Our dermatologists can examine your skin and discuss your solutions. Give us a call at 646-661-6131 or request an appointment online for a personal consultation.