As anyone who experiences eczema can attest, the itching and associated skin symptoms are uncomfortable, disruptive, and frustrating. At SmarterSkin Dermatology, Dr. Sejal Shah provides skilled medical care to treat eczema and alleviate the discomfort associated with the condition.
Eczema, or “atopic dermatitis,” is a common skin condition that in just the United States affects almost a third of the population. Characterized by patches of skin that become itchy, inflamed, red, cracked, rough and sometimes blistered, it is thought to develop as the result of a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Eczema affects both adults and children alike. For children with a parent who has a history of eczema, or another atopic disease such as allergic asthma or hay fever, the risk of developing eczema is greater. However, it is not in any way contagious.
While eczema can affect the skin anywhere on the body, it is frequently seen on the face, the back of the knees, inside the elbows, or nape of the neck. With symptoms that vary person-to-person, flare-ups may be triggered by environmental factors that range from irritants such as soaps or detergents, allergens, bacteria or other microbes, to temperature extremes, certain foods, stress, and hormones. Moreover, the itching that comes with eczema can be so intense that the skin becomes further irritated thereby increasing inflammation and the urge to scratch even more. Without relief, this itch-scratch cycle can even lead to bleeding and skin infections.
As a skilled and experienced dermatologist, Dr. Sejah Shah will formulate a plan of care to address the different eczema symptoms and specific needs of each patient. Treatment focuses on healing the affected skin, alleviating the discomfort, and preventing the flare-ups of symptoms. Medications, topical ointments, creams, and other methods of care to support skin health and relieve symptoms will be recommended.