Eczema services offered in Rockville, MD

About Eczema

At Shady Grove Dermatology, the team of dermatologists have decades of experience providing effective solutions for various skin conditions. If you're grappling with eczema, rest assured the team is here to guide you through understanding, preventing, and treating this common skin issue. To learn more, call the Rockville, Maryland, office or request an appointment online today.

Eczema Q&A

What is eczema?

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition characterized by inflammation, redness, and itchiness. It often manifests as patches of dry, scaly skin that can be uncomfortable and, at times, aesthetically challenging. 

Eczema can affect people of all ages, but it is particularly common in children. Some common signs and symptoms include:

  • Intense itching
  • Dry, sensitive skin
  • Red or inflamed patches
  • Oozing or crusting

What causes eczema?

The exact cause of eczema is not fully understood, but it is believed to result from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. 

Individuals with a family history of eczema, allergies, or asthma may be more prone to developing this condition. Environmental triggers like certain soaps, detergents, and stress can exacerbate symptoms. Common triggers include:

  • Allergens (pollen, pet dander)
  • Irritants (soaps, detergents)
  • Microbes (bacteria, viruses)
  • Stress
  • Hormonal changes

Can eczema be prevented?

While eczema may not always be preventable, adopting certain lifestyle practices can help minimize the risk and manage symptoms effectively. A few prevention tips are:

  • Regularly moisturize to keep the skin hydrated.
  • Recognize and avoid triggers that worsen symptoms.
  • Use mild soaps and detergents to prevent irritation.
  • Practice stress-relief techniques to minimize flare-ups.

How is eczema treated?

At Shady Grove Dermatology, your dermatologist employs a personalized approach to managing and treating eczema. While there is no cure, various treatments aim to alleviate symptoms and improve the quality of life for those affected, including:

  • Topical Corticosteroids: Prescription creams to reduce inflammation.
  • Emollients: Moisturizers to keep the skin hydrated.
  • Antihistamines: Medications to alleviate itching.
  • Phototherapy: Controlled exposure to UVB light for certain cases.

Certain lifestyle adjustments can also be helpful, including:

  • Identifying and minimizing exposure to triggers.
  • Gentle cleansing and moisturizing routines.
  • Managing stress through relaxation techniques.

Shady Grove Dermatology is committed to providing compassionate care and effective solutions for eczema. If you or a loved one is dealing with eczema, schedule a consultation to explore personalized treatment options tailored to your unique needs. Healthy, comfortable skin is within reach, and we're here to guide you on the journey. 

Call the office today or request an appointment using the online booking tool. The team looks forward to working with you.