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Integrated Dermatology Of Tidewater

Dermatologists located in Norfolk, Chesapeake, & Portsmouth, VA

Eczema is actually a collection of conditions that cause itchy, red, and inflamed skin. Eczema is extremely common, but is manageable with the right care. At Tidewater Dermatology, Dr. Jonathan Schreiber and his team can help you reduce symptoms and outbreaks of this sometimes frustrating skin condition. Call or use the online booking agent to make an appointment at their Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth, Virginia offices to take control of your eczema today.

Eczema FAQ

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Eczema is sometimes known as dermatitis, which simply means inflammation of the skin. Symptoms differ slightly among people but are usually characterized by itching, red skin. You can develop eczema in different places on your body, including your elbows, face, arms, legs, back, and hands. Common symptoms include:

  • Dry, sensitive skin
  • Dark patches of skin
  • Leathery and scaly patches
  • Oozing or crusting sores

Eczema is not contagious.

What are common types of eczema?

Several types of eczema exist. One of the most common and chronic is atopic dermatitis, which happens when your immune system overreacts. Contact dermatitis is eczema that occurs when you touch a trigger, such as a type of cloth or chemical. The other types include:

  • Dyshidrotic eczema, which is characterized by small, itchy blisters on the fingers, toes, palms, and soles of your feet
  • Nummular eczema, which includes itchy, coin-shaped spots that form on the skin
  • Seborrheic dermatitis, which occurs on the scalp
  • Stasis dermatitis, which inflames around varicose veins

Having more than one type of eczema is possible. The doctors at Integrated Dermatology of Tidewater perform a thorough review of your symptoms and medical history so they can tailor your treatment plan to your particular eczema case.

What causes eczema?

Researchers aren't entirely sure what causes eczema, but it seems to be a result of a combination of:

  • Genetics
  • Environmental triggers
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Abnormal functioning of the immune system

Eczema can run in families. Children often develop eczema and outgrow it as they age. However, eczema may persist into adulthood.

What are eczema triggers?

Triggers don’t cause eczema, but can stimulate your immune system and result in flare-ups. Common triggers include:

  • Chemicals
  • Soaps, detergents, and fragrances
  • Makeup
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Pet dander

If you have eczema, your skin is sensitive. You may exacerbate eczema if you have prolonged exposure to water, fail to moisturize regularly, or live in a dry climate.

How is eczema treated?

At Tidewater Dermatology, the team can help educate you on how to care for your sensitive skin. They can recommend over-the-counter remedies and, depending on the severity of your eczema, also offer prescription topical medications, oral immuno-suppressants (such as prednisone) and biologics.  Biologics, a new classification of injectable drugs, are designed to suppress the immune system. These tend to be very expensive, so they are generally reserved for the most severe cases.  All of these treatments can help control flare-ups. The Tidewater Team will work with you to identify triggers so you can minimize discomfort.

If you suffer from inflamed, red, and itchy skin due to eczema, contact Integrated Dermatology of Tidewater to effectively treat and manage your symptoms.