Eczema Specialist

Loucas Dermatology

Dermatologists located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

If you have eczema, then you know this irritating skin condition can cause itching severe enough to interrupt your sleep. The expert team at Loucas Dermatology in New York City offers the latest developments in eczema treatment, such as biologic injections, at their office on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. If you suffer from eczema and need effective treatment, call Loucas Dermatology or book an appointment online today.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a common skin disease that often starts in childhood and may flare up periodically throughout your life. Eczema causes your skin to become itchy, red, swollen, or cracked.

Although the itching may be severe, it’s important not to scratch your eczema. This only makes your symptoms worse.

Eczema isn’t contagious. You can’t get eczema from touching or sharing a swimming pool with another person while they’re having an eczema outbreak, for example.

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Signs and symptoms of eczema vary from person to person. Since this disease is chronic, meaning long-lasting, it’s common to cycle through periods of severe symptoms, or outbreaks, and periods of no symptoms at all.

You may have eczema if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Dry skin
  • Itching that may be severe
  • Red or otherwise discolored patches of skin
  • Small, raised bumps that may ooze clear fluid
  • Crusty, cracked, or scaly skin

Eczema often affects these parts of your body:

  • Hands and wrists
  • Feet and ankles
  • Neck
  • Upper chest
  • Eyelids
  • Inside your elbows

Who gets eczema?

Eczema can occur at any age, but is most common in children under the age of 5. Babies often get eczema on their face and scalp and the disease may persist into adulthood and flare up occasionally.

Certain factors may increase your risk of getting eczema, such as:

  • Living in a dry climate
  • Having a family history of eczema
  • Having a personal or family history of allergies or asthma

How is eczema diagnosed and treated?

First, the team at Loucas Dermatology evaluates your symptoms and medical history. In addition to performing a physical exam, they may ask you questions about your symptoms, such as:

  • Family and medical history
  • Sleep patterns
  • Foods that may be related to flare-ups
  • Use of medications
  • Exposure to skin irritants like detergents, soaps, chemicals, or certain fibers

Your doctor may suggest a skin test, such as the North American 80 Comprehensive Series patch test to diagnose any skin allergies.

Then, they develop a personalized treatment plan based on your unique condition. This may include:

  • Avoiding skin irritants
  • Avoiding certain foods
  • Keeping your skin moisturized
  • Applying topical therapies such as medicated creams

If your condition is severe, or doesn’t improve with these treatments, the team at Loucas Dermatology may recommend biologic injections.

If you think you have eczema and need treatment, call Loucas Dermatology or book an appointment online today.