Eczema

Donald B. Feinsod, MD, PC

Dermatologist located in Nassau County, Hewlett, NY

Eczema is an irritating chronic problem for up to 3% of adults and 20% of children. If you’re dealing with eczema, you may have uncomfortably itchy and bumpy skin on your face, elbows, behind your knees, or nearly anywhere else. Highly experienced dermatologist Donald B. Feinsod, MD, PC, offers his Hewlett, New York, patients the best in personalized and compassionate eczema care. Book your appointment online or by calling the office today.

Eczema

What is eczema?

Eczema is a chronic skin problem that affects many children as well as some adults. The most common symptom of eczema is itchy, scaly, dry, and cracked skin. You may also have oozing skin lesions that linger for a long time, particularly if you scratch or rub the skin. 

Eczema occurs in flares, so you might have periods of clear skin followed by intense skin irritation after contact with a trigger. While eczema is frustrating, the right treatment approach can give you long-lasting relief. 

The cause of eczema isn’t certain, but a combination of factors, including genetics, immune system function, and issues within the skin barrier may all contribute.

How are eczema and hives different?

While eczema and hives can look quite similar, there are a few differences. Hives are usually very short term, resolving within days. Eczema lingers for longer, and always tends to return. Hives are usually red, raised, and welt-like, but rarely scaly or cracked as eczema can be. 

What are the most common eczema triggers?

There are many substances and materials that might trigger eczema flare-ups, including:

  • Cigarette smoke
  • Soap, body wash
  • Lotion
  • Shampoo
  • Household cleaners
  • Perfume or other fragrances
  • Scratchy fabrics
  • Temperature changes

In general, products with additives can run the risk of triggering an eczema flare-up, which means that some flare-ups are controllable.

Will my child outgrow eczema?

Sometimes, children outgrow eczema. But, there's no specific timetable in which that might happen. In the meantime, it's essential that your child gets the customized treatment they need from an expert dermatologist like Dr. Feinsod. There are many ways that Dr. Feinsod can make your child comfortable so they can enjoy life with fewer flare-ups. 

How is eczema treated?

Dr. Feinsod works with you to create a unique treatment plan. Treatment usually includes lifestyle changes, proper skin care, and medication. Dr. Feinsod can help you figure out eczema triggers and design a plan to avoid them. 

Dr. Feinsod may recommend specific skin, body, and hair care products to help you calm your skin and reduce the risk of eczema flare-ups.

Medication, which can be either oral or topical, can minimize itching, alleviate inflammation, and help you clear scaly lesions faster. If your skin’s infected from an eczema flare-up, medication can clear your infection quickly.

Book your appointment at the office of expert dermatologist Donald B. Feinsod, MD, PC, online or by phone now.