Centreville dermatologists treat different types of eczema
At Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, Inc., in Centreville, VA, we see patients of all ages with eczema. If you are concerned that you might have eczema or have been told by your pediatrician that your child has it, you may want to know more about eczema. Eczema is a condition caused by skin inflammation, which can cause skin to grow itchy, red, and dry. However, there are different types of eczema and each one needs specific treatment. Our Board-certified dermatologists have the knowledge and expertise to diagnose which type you have. We then work with you to provide proper treatment for your skin.
Common types of eczema and general treatments:
- Atopic dermatitis: Most common form. This form usually affects people with asthma, hay fever, or family history of eczema. It typically forms during childhood but can start at any age. Treatment can include products designed for skin moisturizing, steroid creams or ointments, antibiotics for any area that may be infected due to excessive scratching, or ultraviolet light.
- Contact dermatitis: There are two types of contact eczema – irritant contact or allergic contact. Irritant contact dermatitis can occur after touching an irritant once or after contact repeatedly. Allergic contact often occurs after touching certain materials that trigger allergic responses (nickel, cosmetics, and poison ivy are all examples). Treatment may include skin moisturizers and steroid medications. If any infection occurs, antibiotics may also be used.
- Neurodermatitis: Can develop in spots that people often scratch. The outbreak doesn’t usually get bigger but can grow thick, deeply wrinkled and infected. The main treatment is to stop scratching the area. Topical steroid medications are used.
We are committed to helping with individual treatment plans, targeting exactly the type of eczema you have. Don’t suffer any more, call us at (866) 808-3140 so we can help you.