Eczema

Manhattan Dermatology

General, Surgical, & Cosmetic Dermatology & Mohs Surgery located in Midtown East, New York, NY

When your skin breaks out in scaly, oozing, or blistering rashes, your first impulse may be to hide your embarrassing eczema flare. Make your next impulse a call to the eczema experts at Manhattan Dermatology so you can get relief from the pain, itching, and embarrassment of eczema rashes. At two locations in New York City’s Midtown East, the highly skilled and experienced doctors offer cutting-edge treatments for eczema, including immunotherapy. Call the friendly team at Manhattan Dermatology to set up a consultation, or use the online scheduling form.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema is a group of non-contagious conditions that cause your skin to erupt in itchy or painful lesions. The National Eczema Organization estimates that 30 million women, men, and children in the United States suffer from eczema.  

Symptoms of eczema include skin that’s:

  • Red
  • Flaky
  • Crusty or scaly
  • Cracked
  • Blistered
  • Oozing
  • Peeling
  • Swollen

 

Your eczema may also be itchy, feel like a burn, or hurt. You could have one or all of these symptoms.

What causes eczema?

Because eczema isn’t a single condition, your particular case could have a variety of causes. Some types of eczema are inherited.

Some are caused by an overactive immune system or by environmental factors, such as petting an animal or being licked by one.  

What are the different types of eczema?

Your expert doctor at Manhattan Dermatology evaluates your lesions and symptoms to determine the type(s) of eczema you have. Your treatment is tailored to your needs.

Types of eczema include:

Atopic dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis may be inherited. You may have other conditions of the immune system, including asthma and hay fever.

Contact dermatitis

Outbreaks are caused by contact with irritating or allergenic substances, such as wool, and chemicals. If you identify and remove the irritant, your eczema usually resolves.

Seborrheic dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis is characterized by dry flakes on parts of your body that are usually oily, such as your scalp (dandruff), and nose. Seborrheic dermatitis can also occur on your upper back.

Stasis dermatitis

Poor blood circulation causes fluid leakage, excessive pressure, swelling, and other symptoms in your lower legs.

Dyshidrotic eczema

If the edges of your fingers and toes, your palms, and the soles of your feet are covered with tiny, itchy blisters, you may have dyshidrotic eczema.

Nummular eczema

This rarer form of eczema — which is characterized by round, itchy lesions that look like coins — is difficult to treat.

You may have more than one type of eczema at the same time.

How do dermatologists treat eczema?

Your Manhattan Dermatology expert doctor tailors your treatment to your symptoms and eczema types. Therapies include:

  • Topical hydrocortisone or corticosteroid to control inflammation
  • Topical tar to control itching
  • Antihistamines to relieve itching
  • Antibiotics to kill bacteria
  • Cyclosporine to treat unresponsive cases
  • Immunotherapy to boost the immune system for anyone over two years old

 

Clear your skin by consulting the eczema experts at Manhattan Dermatology. Book your appointment online or call the friendly office staff.

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