Eczema Specialist

Lumos Dermatology®

Dermatology & Cosmetic and Medical Dermatology located in Flatiron, Gramercy, Murray Hill, New York, NY

Eczema is a noncontagious, life-disrupting group of skin conditions that affect children and adults of all ages. If you’re one of the 30 million Americans living with eczema, the experienced and compassionate team of board-certified dermatologists at Lumos Dermatology® in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, New York City, provides effective solutions. Get lasting relief from the itching, painful symptoms of eczema and other types of skin rashes with individualized, science-based treatments and professional care. Call the office to schedule an exam or book an appointment online today.

Eczema Q & A

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What is eczema?

Eczema, also known as dermatitis, is a group of skin conditions that lead to red, inflamed, itchy patches of skin. Eczema is often triggered by environmental factors, although the exact cause of the condition isn’t completely clear. For many sufferers, the condition is chronic and flares up periodically. 

Some people with eczema also have asthma or hay fever, and the skin condition tends to run in families. The most common types of eczema include:

  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Stasis dermatitis
  • Nummular dermatitis
  • Dyshidrotic eczema

It’s possible to have more than one type of eczema at the same time. Your dermatologist diagnoses your specific types of eczema and recommends effective treatments to help reduce flare-ups and make symptoms more tolerable. 

What are some common eczema symptoms?

Children and adults experience eczema symptoms differently, but all types of eczema cause patches of itchy skin. Children may develop eczema rashes in the creases of their elbows and knees or on their neck, ankles, or wrists. The rash may look like little red bumps that itch and cause your child discomfort.

Eczema often develops in childhood, before age 5, and persists into adulthood. As a child or adult living with eczema, you may experience any of the following symptoms each time you have a flare-up:

  • Dry patches of skin
  • Severe itching
  • Red, brownish-gray patches of skin
  • Small raised bumps that leak fluid
  • Thickened, scaly patches of skin
  • Raw, sensitive skin
  • Inflamed areas
  • Itching that’s worse at night
  • Rash on your chest
  • Rash on your face or eyelids

In addition to the outward signs of eczema rashes, you may develop skin infections from repeatedly scratching the same areas, hay fever or asthma, and sleep problems. 

How does a dermatologist treat eczema?

When over-the-counter creams don’t relieve your symptoms or reduce flare-ups, the board-certified dermatologists at Lumos Dermatology® prescribe more effective treatments based on your individual needs. 

They first diagnose the type of eczema you have so they can create a long-term treatment plan that resolves your specific symptoms and reduces flare-ups. Your personalized eczema treatment may include:

  • Prescription medications, topical and oral
  • Antibiotic creams
  • Light therapies
  • Anti-inflammatories 
  • Stress reduction
  • Lifestyle changes

If you suffer from eczema and other types of rashes, the team of board-certified dermatologists at Lumos Dermatology® can help. Call the friendly office staff to schedule an appointment or use the convenient online booking feature today.

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