Most common in children, but affecting people of all ages, eczema (atopic dermatitis) is an uncomfortable, itchy skin condition. Dr. Robin Borkowsky, of 21st Century Dermatology in New York, New York understands the symptoms of eczema and knows how to treat this chronic condition effectively. Dr. Borkowsky will assess your symptoms and lifestyle factors to create a customized treatment plan to relieve itching and minimize flare-ups. Call or schedule a consultation online to discover more about relief for recurring eczema symptoms.
Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes red, itchy areas on the body. Although there is no cure for eczema, you can take measures to help prevent outbreaks by using moisturizers and medicated creams as needed.
Atopic dermatitis often begins before the age of five and continues to flare and subside throughout adolescence and adulthood. If left untreated, symptoms may be so uncomfortable that it is hard to sleep well. If you have eczema, it’s important to get help because treating it can make a big difference in the quality of your life.
Typical eczema symptoms include:
Atopic dermatitis often looks like a rash or skin allergy and most commonly appears on:
For those with eczema, their skin fails to provide full protection from environmental irritants, bacteria, and allergens, so skin becomes inflamed. Certain food allergies may also cause eczema symptoms, especially in young children. Stress, heredity, and an overactive immune system may also be contributing factors.
Cold, dry climates that produce excessively dry skin or hot, humid conditions in which you sweat a lot may also trigger flare-ups. For some, skin allergies to certain fabrics and soaps can cause an eczema rash to develop.
Once a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Borkowsky rules out other conditions and determines that your particular form of dermatitis is eczema, she recommends effective treatment options. If your eczema is mild, some remedies may include:
If your eczema is more severe and your lifestyle changes aren’t helping, Dr. Borkowsky may prescribe both topical and oral medications. These may include antihistamines, corticosteroids, immunomodulators, or newer non-steroidal injectable eczema medicines. You may also get additional relief from ultraviolet light therapy.
For effective eczema relief, schedule an appointment online or call the Midtown Manhattan office.