Maiden Lane Medical
Multi-Specialty Group Practice located in New York, NY
You may find it embarrassing, but you’re not alone — red, itchy, inflamed skin, known as eczema, is very common, affecting more than 30 million Americans. There are several different types of eczema, and the dermatology specialist Fitzgeraldo Sanchez, MD, at Maiden Lane Medical in New York City can identify which type you have so you get the right treatment. If you need help managing your eczema, call the office or book an appointment at the midtown Manhattan office to see Dr. Sanchez.
What is eczema?
Eczema is a general medical term used to describe skin that’s inflamed, red, itchy, dry, scaly, and sometimes weepy. It’s also referred to as dermatitis.
Although the dry, patchy rash can show up on any part of your body, it typically affects the skin on your face, elbows, hands, back of the knees, and feet.
Due to the itchy nature of eczema, you may feel an intense desire to scratch, which might make the rash worse. Treatment not only improves the appearance of eczema, but also the irritating symptoms.
What are the types of eczema?
There are several different types of eczema, including:
- Contact dermatitis — skin reaction to touching an allergen or irritant
- Stasis dermatitis — the result of a problem with blood flow, which leads to the development of ulcers
- Seborrheic dermatitis — caused by oil-producing glands or yeast
- Dyshidrotic eczema — triggered by stress, allergies, or exposure to certain elements such as cobalt or nickel
- Nummular eczema — coin-shaped inflammations typically from insect bites
- Atopic dermatitis — usually the result of an allergic reaction
After careful evaluation of your skin, Dr. Sanchez identifies the type of eczema affecting your skin. Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema. However, it’s always possible to have more than one type.
What causes eczema?
The exact cause of eczema isn’t known, but it’s thought to either be related to genetic or environmental factors. Eczema isn’t contagious, so you can’t give it to someone or catch it from someone.
Eczema breakouts come and go, but it’s a chronic illness that affects you for life.
How do you treat eczema?
Treatment for your eczema depends on the type and may include:
- Light therapy
- Proper skin care
After a thorough evaluation that includes an examination of your skin and a discussion of your habits and lifestyle, Dr. Sanchez develops a personalized treatment plan to meet your specific needs.
If you have atopic or contact dermatitis, Dr. Sanchez may prescribe medications that only recently became available.
In addition to medication and specialized treatment, the medical professionals at Maiden Lane Medical may also recommend avoiding eczema irritants such as allergens, harsh soaps, lotions, and certain fabrics.
If you need treatment options to help you manage your eczema, call Maiden Lane Medical today or book an appointment online.