Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Dermatology located in Quincy, MA & Plymouth, MA
If your skin gets dry, itchy, and irritated in certain areas, you’re not alone; nearly 200 million people around the world have some form of eczema. However, this isn’t much consolation for the physical discomfort and embarrassment you may feel when displaying the rash on your face, hands, or other exposed areas of your body. Fortunately, DermASAP in Plymouth and Quincy, Massachusetts, offers several treatment options to soothe your skin and decrease the redness that often comes with eczema. For more information, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Eczema Q & A
What is eczema?
Eczema, also known as dermatitis, refers to a group of skin irritation conditions that can appear in different forms. There are seven total types of eczema with some variance in their symptoms. Experts don’t know what causes eczema, but there are certain factors that can trigger your symptoms like cold weather, exposure to sun, and products with strong chemicals.
If the surface of your affected skin becomes crusty after frequent scratching, you might have an infection. In this case, you should visit DermASAP at your earliest convenience for additional treatment. The condition can leave you feeling itchy and embarrassed about your skin, but it is treatable with the proper attention and care.
What are the symptoms of eczema?
Despite having seven different types under its umbrella, eczema has several hallmark symptoms that help your provider to diagnose it since there are no tests for the condition. Common symptoms include:
- Dry skin
- Skin pigment change on darker skin
If you notice any of these symptoms that are confined to an area on your hands, feet, face, elbows, or knees, your doctor will examine the rash to determine if it is eczema after ruling out other more serious skin conditions. Then, your doctor will form a treatment plan that is specific to your lifestyle and the severity of your case.
What are my treatment options?
DermASAP offers several treatments for eczema. For mild cases, your physician will likely recommend over-the-counter lotions and creams and cold compresses to ease the itching. If your case persists, your doctor might give you a prescription for topical medication or recommend more rigorous treatment.
For serious cases, DermASAP offers laser therapy to reduce or eliminate eczema. DermASAP offers the XTRAC® Excimer laser treatment system, an FDA-approved treatment that precisely targets eczema with ultraviolet B light. The treatment has a high success rate and is often recommended for patients whose skin doesn’t respond to topical treatments.
If you’re tired of the relentless itching that comes with eczema, or if you’d like to learn more about laser treatment for eczema, call or schedule an appointment online at DermASAP today!
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