Washington Dermatology Consultant

Rating : 5 5 Stars

Did not have to wait too long for an appointment. Upon arriving, my referral was not there. The staff called and had it faxed over with no complaints/delays.Was seen within 10 minutes even after filling out forms.Doctor thoroughly examined my condition and knew immediately what it was. Prescribed a lotion that I saw results in 3 days. Highly recommend. 

Eczema is more than an irritating, itchy rash. The symptoms of eczema can be chronic, affecting areas such as behind the knees or in the elbows on children, and the hands of adults. Eczema is not a condition that can be passed from person to person via contact, though it may run in families. If a family member has allergic rhinitis, eczema, asthma, or even sensitive skin, the risk of atopic dermatitis (a form of eczema) increases.

Eczema is a condition that causes skin to become red and rough. Affected skin may become flaky and intensely itchy. Some people develop deep, painful cracks or blisters during flare-ups. There is no cure for eczema, but the condition can be managed with the help of our dermatologist. First, an accurate diagnosis must be made. This takes a skilled practitioner and a comprehensive consultation and examination in which family history is discussed and irritated skin closely examined.

A few other factors may increase an individual’s potential for eczema, such as living in a cold climate or highly polluted area. These factors may also be behind flare-ups, which can occur periodically. Flare-ups may also be triggered by environmental dryness, with excessive heat or cold, sweating, stress, allergens such as pollen, mold, or pet dander, cosmetics or detergents, fragrances, dust, synthetic fabrics, cigarette smoke, and more.

In addition to providing specific medical therapies to resolve existing flare-ups, our dermatologist will likely discuss ways to manage eczema with habits such as moisturizing the skin with a suitable lotion, and identifying triggers so that they may be avoided. Medical therapies may include topical and oral medications. An exact treatment plan is determined based on the data gathered during the initial consultation and examination.

It is possible to gain relief from eczema and atopic dermatitis. To learn more about our treatment options for eczema and atopic dermatitis, contact us in Arlington or Stafford.