What is Eczema?
Eczema is a term for a series of skin conditions that are brought on by several allergic reactions or occasionally from the body's reaction to a weak immune system. The result can lead to redness of the skin, discoloration, and itchy spots very similar to dermatitis. In many cases, the inflammation itself is dermatitis. This may happen anywhere on your body, such as the hands, neck, face, or other areas. Atopic dermatitis is the most common type and is normally the result of an allergic reaction. This condition generally starts in childhood. At Bodian Dermatology in Great Neck, NY, Dr. Adam Bodian will strive to diagnose exactly what is causing the inflammation so that we can design a precise treatment program for you.
"doctor bodian is great but with exceptions. you need to have a life threatening disease or major cosmetic issues for him to really work his magic. if you have regular eczema or some weird rash that won't go away, then feel free to go to one of his PAs. because i have discoid lupus, he is very caring and careful with me. he has treated my skin and really helped me with all my facial issues that my lupus has destroyed. i am a work in progress and dr. adam knows what to do every step of the way."- J.C. / Yelp / Feb 24, 2010
"doctor bodian is great but with exceptions.you need to have a life threatening disease or major cosmetic issues for him to really work his magic. if you have regular eczema or some weird rash that won’t go away, then feel free to go to one of his PAs.because i have discoid lupus, he is very caring and careful with me. he has treated my skin and really helped me with all my facial issues that my lupus has destroyed. i am a work in progress and dr. adam knows what to do every step of the way."- J.C. / Yelp / Feb 24, 2010
Why do I have Eczema?
Specialists are not entirely sure what triggers eczema, but it is believed to be brought about by a number of things. Genetics, the environment, immune system issues, skin irritants, and skin barrier defects are among the most common causes. Family genetics play a role because specific genes may cause you to have very sensitive skin. An individual with relatives who suffer from asthma or allergies is at a higher chance of developing eczema.
Symptoms of eczema
Eczema is most commonly characterized by dry, itchy, or red skin in addition to persistent rashes. Typically, your skin will start to feel itchy before a rash pops up. A number of patients encounter patches of skin that are chronically itchy, dry, or thickened. These patches can appear anywhere but largely happen in the face, neck, chest, hands, or legs. With children, patches can show up on the inner creases of the elbows and knees. When the skin is scratched, dry patches and open sores with scabs could develop and could become infected. Severe symptoms could include pus-filled blisters or even a yellowish to light brown crust developing over existing eczema spots, which may be an indication of a fungal infection.
Treatment Options for eczema and Itch relief
Eczema can be addressed with a variety of prescribed or over-the-counter medications and ointments, in addition to a regimented skin care program. Hydrocortisone creams and ointments can be used, as well as antihistamines, like Benadryl, to help relieve symptoms. Prescription medications, like immunomodulators or steroid creams, may help people who have severe eczema. An oral or corticosteroid may also be prescribed. We also offer in-office eczema treatments using narrow band ultraviolet B phototherapy, Grenz ray, or laser therapy on the affected areas.
Can eczema go away on its own?
Typically, eczema is a chronic condition and will not go away on its own. At Bodian Dermatology, Dr. Bodian can create a personalized treatment plan that best fits your unique needs. With proper and consistent treatment, eczema and its symptoms can be reduced over time.
Can eczema be triggered by stress?
Yes, stress and anxiety can trigger an eczema flare-up. Both stress and anxiety can cause an inflammatory response in the body, leading to eczema. Managing stress can help to diminish eczema flare-ups and allow you to live more comfortably.
Can eczema spread from person to person?
No, eczema cannot be spread from person to person. However, if you have eczema in one area of your body, it can spread to other areas. This is why it is important to seek treatment early on in order to keep it from spreading to other areas of your body.
Relief is Ahead
If you've suffered from eczema for a long time with little to no relief or have just discovered an itchy rash and a change to your skin, many treatment solutions are available to you. Employing a multi-level treatment plan that includes detection, prevention, and treatment allows you to not only handle your condition but also notice a substantial improvement in symptoms. Seek help for your eczema-related symptoms today at Bodian Dermatology in Great Neck, NY.