Patients with eczema turn to Ashburn area dermatologists for light therapy
Eczema or atopic dermatitis affects people of all ages from newborns to senior adults. Many live with the skin condition, which is an itchy red rash. It can appear all over the body, but it is often found behind the elbows or the knees. Babies can develop eczema on the face, the scalp, chest, back, and outer arms and legs. There is no need to suffer from the skin condition. The caring team of dermatologists at Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, Inc. can provide relief for patients in Ashburn and the surrounding areas. We are happy to educate patients about the triggers of eczema as well as the treatments available. Depending on the ages and skin types of patients and the severity of eczema, we can provide treatment ranging from prescribed medication to UV light therapy.
Identifying the triggers of eczema
Although the exact cause of eczema is unknown, triggers of the skin condition include:
- Irritants – soaps and detergents, dishwashing liquids, shampoos, bubble baths, disinfectants such as chlorine, and contact with juices from vegetables, fresh fruits, and meats
- Allergens – pets, pollen, mold, dandruff, and house dust mites
- Foods – eggs, soy and dairy products, wheat, nuts, and seeds
- Microbes – viruses, certain fungi, and certain bacteria
- Hot or cold temperatures
- Perspiration from exercise
Our team of dermatologists can help patients identify triggers of eczema and devise treatment plans that may include recommendations for lifestyle changes.
Exploring treatment for eczema
We can prescribe oral medication when the condition is severe. We are also equipped to provide UV light therapy or phototherapy. For treatment, we used ultraviolet B light, which is the most beneficial portion of natural sunlight for skin conditions such as eczema. Light therapy can reduce the itch and increase vitamin D production as well as increase bacteria-fighting systems in the skin.
Do you suffer from eczema? You are not alone. Millions of people live with the condition. Step onto a path toward relief by scheduling a consultation with one of our respected dermatologists. Call our friendly and knowledgeable team at our Sterling or Centreville office at (866) 808-3320 or (866) 808-3140.
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