If you're prone to frequent dryness, redness, or pimple-like bumps on your skin, you may be experiencing symptoms of eczema. Early diagnosis and treatment of the condition can help minimize bothersome symptoms and guard against potential complications. David Stoll, MD, is pleased to provide effective diagnostic and treatment plans for eczema for children and adults in Beverly Hills, California.
Eczema is a group of conditions that cause inflamed, red, dry, bumpy, and itchy skin. Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema, which results in damage to your skin’s barrier function. This damage makes your skin more sensitive and prone to dryness and infection.
Eczema can cause a variety of symptoms, which may flare up periodically and worsen in response to allergens, skin irritants, dry or humid weather, and stress. Common symptoms include:
Dr. Stoll can diagnose eczema through an exam and consideration of your medical history and symptoms. He may also test a particular area of affected skin to rule out other potential causes of your symptoms, such as other skin conditions and infections.
Treatment for eczema varies depending on the severity of your symptoms. Options include:
Eczema can lead to complications, especially if you rub or scratch your affected skin, inviting infections, skin damage, and scarring. Extremely itchy flare-ups can make sleep difficult, so tiredness and nighttime frustration are possible.
Some people with eczema also feel self-conscious about their appearance and avoid social situations. Early diagnosis and treatment can help minimize or prevent these complications, as can seeking emotional support from loved ones or a therapist.
In addition to any needed medical care and avoiding personal triggers, good habits can help prevent flare-ups:
*Individual results may vary.