Eczema Specialist

Silver Spring Dermatology

Dermatologists & Dermatopathologists located in Silver Spring, MD

Itchy, red skin rashes can be incredibly disturbing to the lives of the men, women, and children who suffer from eczema. Silver Spring Dermatology’s lead physician, Purnima Sau, MD, treats eczema patients in and around the Silver Spring, Maryland and Washington DC-metro area to help free them from the irritating symptoms of this skin disease. If you’re ready to find relief from yours or your child’s itchy eczema, call Silver Spring Dermatology or book an appointment online today.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema, or dermatitis, is a chronic condition where your skin breaks out in red, itchy, dry rashes. Scratching these rashes can increase your misery by making them swell up and itch even more.

Rashes associated with eczema can occur on any part of your body, but are most common on the following areas:

  • Face
  • Inside the elbows
  • Hands and feet
  • Inside the knees

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Eczema symptoms vary, but the most common include the following:

  • Extreme itching even before a rash develops
  • Red, brown, or otherwise discolored patches on your skin
  • Thickened, rough, or scaly skin
  • Small raised bumps that may leak fluid when scratched

Who gets eczema?

Eczema most commonly affects babies and children under the age of five. The disease may persist throughout your entire life but isn’t contagious. With eczema, it’s possible to experience periods of symptom flare-ups during your teens and adulthood with years of clear skin in between.

What causes eczema?

The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but experts believe there’s a link to other allergic conditions. For example, having hayfever or asthma may make you more likely to develop eczema.

Conditions or irritants in the environment may trigger an eczema rash breakout. These vary from person to person, but common triggers include:

  • Getting too hot or too cold
  • Certain household cleaning products
  • Touching rough materials
  • Contact with animal dander

How does a dermatologist treat eczema?

Dr. Sau diagnoses most cases of eczema by looking at the rash. When a visual diagnosis isn’t possible, she may biopsy the area to rule out another skin condition.

After Dr. Sau makes a diagnosis, she discusses treatment options with you. She may recommend prescription medicines and lotions to apply to your skin. Eczema rashes can be persistent and difficult to treat, so you may need to try a few different treatments before finding the one that works best.

If itchy, red rashes are tormenting you or your child, call Silver Spring Dermatology or book an appointment online to discuss eczema treatment options today.