Eczema and dermatitis are used interchangeably to describe several varieties of inflamed, irritated skin. Acute dermatitis usually appears as a red rash that may be blistered or swollen. When dermatitis becomes chronic, the skin may become thickened, rough, and darker than the surrounding skin due to prolonged scratching.
There are seven types of eczema: atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, nummular eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, neurodermatitis, and stasis dermatitis. According to the National Eczema Association, over 31 million Americans live with some form of eczema. Even though dermatitis is not contagious, it can be uncomfortable.
There is no cure for eczema. However, there are treatments available that can help. The affected area is typically treated using topical corticosteroids, topical immunomodulators, antibiotics (if an infection is suspected), or oral antihistamines. These treatments may be administered alone or in combination with one another.
Our Board-Certified Dermatologists will meet with you to discuss your symptoms and try to find the precise cause of your dermatitis. Working with you, they will discuss treatment options geared to your specific situation.
Book an appointment with Alaska Center for Dermatology to discuss eczema treatment with a Skin Care Provider today.