Eczema Specialist

David Stoll, MD -  - Dermatologist

David Stoll, MD

Dermatologist located in Beverly Hills, CA

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 Q & A

What is eczema?

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.

What are the symptoms of eczema?

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:

  • Dry, crusted, or scaly skin that may become thicker from scratching
  • Itchy skin
  • Skin redness
  • Small bumps or fluid-filled blisters that may ooze when scratched

How is eczema diagnosed?

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.

How is eczema treated?

Treatment for eczema varies depending on the severity of your symptoms. Options include:

  • Preventing flare-ups by identifying and avoiding triggers and keeping your skin moisturized
  • Applying appropriate moisturizing creams or ointments to reduce skin dryness and itching
  • Taking medications, such as over-the-counter or prescription steroid creams or antibiotics, if you develop an infection
  • Undergoing phototherapy, which applies targeted ultraviolet light waves to affected areas

Does eczema have any complications?

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.

What can I do to prevent flare-ups?

In addition to any needed medical care and avoiding personal triggers, good habits can help prevent flare-ups:

  • Avoid getting overly hot and sweaty
  • Keep your environment cool and dry, using an air-conditioner or humidifier as needed
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
  • Use a mild, hypoallergenic soap when you bathe or shower; pat yourself dry, rather than rubbing your skin with a towel
  • Wear gloves when you have to place your hands in water, such as while doing dishes
  • Wear loose clothing made of natural materials such as cotton

*Individual results may vary.