Eczema is actually a group of conditions that we refer to as dermatoses. Our dermatologists have a wealth of knowledge they share with patients experiencing eczema, and work to create treatment plans tailored to their specific needs.
The condition of eczema can develop in a number of different ways and areas. Infants may develop red, irritated skin on the scalp, face, hands, or feet, older children and adults may find their hands, elbows, and knees are commonly affected. The itchy, dry skin that results from flare-ups can be highly uncomfortable, and may require professional medical treatment. Our dermatologists collaborate with the pediatricians of our young patients so that the greatest effect is achieved.
When treating eczema in children, we discuss a number of issues with parents in depth. We understand that eczema is a chronic condition that needs to be managed. Whereas your family physician may discuss dietary restrictions to aid in the reduction of eczema, we will seek to determine the possibility that eczema is caused or exacerbated by some irritant or allergen with which the patient has come into contact. We will also discuss with patients the benefits of specific topical treatments, and explain how to use them in the safest, most effective manner.
Eczema may not be the easiest skin condition to diagnose, but your dermatologist has the background to make this determination. Through a thorough consultation in which family history and lifestyle habits are covered, and a careful examination of the skin, it is possible to differentiate between eczema and another type of dermatitis, such as seborrheic dermatitis, nummular dermatitis, neurodermatitis, or another condition. Achieving an accurate diagnosis is critical to proper treatment.
In addition to making lifestyle changes to avoid triggers such as hot water or extremely dry conditions, our patients can benefit from individualized treatment. When dermatitis is severe, we may prescribe an oral medication such as an antihistamine or corticosteroid. Our offices are also equipped to provide UV light therapy.
It is possible to manage eczema effectively. Contact Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, Inc. to meet with one of our experienced, board certified dermatologists.
Dermatology AssociatesRating: 5 (Source: www.yelp.com) Have been quite happy with the quality of medical service for both myself and my daughter. We have been treated with care and found the treatment appropriate for our issues over the past 10 years. Dr. Mattay has been thoughtful and caring. Recommend DANV.
Last Updated - February 2017
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