The South Shore’s Most Progressive  & Established Dermatology Practice


Patches of itchy, red skin characterize eczema. It affects roughly 3% of the U.S. population.

There are several types of eczema. A dermatologist can accurately diagnosis and treat your specific type. The exact cause of eczema is not known. People with allergies such as hay fever are more prone to having a certain type of eczema. It can also be hereditary.

A dermatologist can use skin biopsies and skin allergy testing to help determine which type of eczema may be involved. External factors such as sweating, extreme temperature changes, humidity, and seasonal changes can be triggers. It can occur at any age, but is most common in infants to young adults. Areas most often affected include:

  • Bends of the elbows
  • Backs of the knees
  • Feet and ankles
  • Hands and wrists
  • Face and neck
  • Upper chest
Eczema Warning Signs
  • Itchy, red skin
  • Blisters
  • Scaly, oozing, thickened skin
Eczema Treatments
  • Steroid creams and ointments
  • Immune Modifying Creams
  • Ultraviolet Light Therapy
  • Antihistamines (to alleviate itching)
  • Systemic treatments that include Prednisone, Methotrexate, Retinoids and immunosuppressant agents
Eczema Prevention Tips
  • Use mild, nonirritating, non-deodorant soaps sparingly
  • Apply moisturizer after a bath or shower while your skin is still damp
  • Use moisturizers that are fragrance-free, and don’t have color additives
  • Keep travel size moisturizer with you and apply it frequently while on the go
  • Use mild laundry detergents and rinse clothes twice to remove all soap residue
  • Wear gloves when washing dishes or doing chores that can dry out the skin

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