Mayha Patel, DO, FAAD

Dermatologist & Aesthetics located in Westlake Village, CA

Eczema might not affect you at all times, but the condition is chronic so the symptoms can come back time and time again. At CoCo Dermatology and Cosmetics in Westlake Village, California, board-certified dermatologist Mayha Patel, DO, FAAD, treats eczema with topical products, oral medications, and light therapy. To schedule a treatment consultation, call or book online today.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema is a skin condition with multiple types, the most common of which is atopic dermatitis. People often use the terms “eczema” and “atopic dermatitis” interchangeably. 

Most people with eczema get diagnosed early in life. Even infants can get symptoms. Some people never get symptoms again after childhood, while others get them intermittently as they grow up and throughout adulthood. 

Eczema’s primary symptom is a skin rash that usually only affects one or several small areas at a time. For kids and babies, the most common areas for eczema rashes are the face and the elbows and knees. For adults, it’s more common to get eczema rashes on the hands, feet, and arms. 

What are some symptoms and complications of eczema?

Eczema symptoms don’t look the same for everyone. When you develop an eczema rash, it might have:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Crusting
  • Oozing or weeping fluid
  • Scales
  • Bumps

For many children and adults with eczema, the symptoms lead to other complications. If you have it, you’re more likely to get asthma, hay fever, and skin infections. Eczema can also cause you to lose sleep at night because of your discomfort. 

What are some common triggers of eczema symptoms?

At CoCo Dermatology and Cosmetics, Dr. Patel works with you to identify any triggers that might cause or worsen your eczema rashes. By avoiding your triggers, you can prevent some future rashes. 

Common eczema triggers are:

  • Heat
  • Cold temperature
  • Stress
  • Wool
  • Polyester
  • Soaps
  • Detergents
  • Nickel
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Fragrances

Triggers vary from person to person, and it might take some time to find out which ones influence your symptoms. Rubbing or scratching your skin isn’t a trigger, but it can make your symptoms worse or prolong them. 

What are my options for eczema treatment?

Even though there’s no cure for eczema, an individualized treatment plan can help you manage the symptoms and experience fewer flare-ups. Dr. Patel might recommend one or several products or medications and also offers in-office therapies to calm your skin. 

Treatment options include:

  • Steroid creams
  • Antihistamines
  • Oral corticosteroids
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Moisturizing barrier restoration creams 
  • UV light therapy

Some treatments relieve inflammation while others kill bacteria that could lead to a skin infection. Dr. Patel discusses the risks and benefits of each option with you before you begin treatment.

Eczema symptoms might only affect you sometimes, but they can be highly irritating and difficult to manage. To set up a treatment consultation, call CoCo Dermatology and Cosmetics or request an appointment online today.

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