As anyone who experiences eczema can attest, the itching and associated skin symptoms are uncomfortable, disruptive, and frustrating. At Advanced Allergy & Asthma Centers, Dr. Matthew Mardiney and his experienced professional team provide the skilled care required to treat and alleviate the discomfort associated with this condition.
Eczema, or "atopic dermatitis," is a common skin condition that affects more than ten percent of the population nationwide. Characterized by patches of skin that are itchy, inflamed, red, cracked, rough, and sometimes blistered, the condition is associated with a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
Eczema affects both adults and children alike. For children with a parent who has a history of eczema or another atopic disease such as allergic asthma or hay fever, the risk of developing eczema is greater. However, it is not in any way contagious.
Eczema can affect the skin anywhere on the body. However, it's frequently seen on the face, behind the knees, inside the elbows, or nape of the neck. With symptoms that vary person-to-person, flare-ups may be triggered by environmental factors that range from irritants such as soaps or detergents, allergens, bacteria, or other microbes, to temperature extremes, certain foods, stress, and hormones. Moreover, the itching that comes with eczema can be so intense that the skin becomes further irritated, increasing the inflammation and the urge to scratch even more. Without relief, this itch-scratch cycle can even lead to bleeding and skin infections.
Eczema can often be diagnosed based upon a patient's medical history and clinical examination. Additional tests such as skin testing, blood testing, and food elimination may be performed to rule out other conditions or identify if eczema is related to a food allergy.
We recognize that every case is unique and formulate treatment plans to address each patient's specific symptoms and needs. We provide integrated care to promote skin healing, alleviate discomfort, and prevent flare-ups.
Treatment may include:
At Advanced Allergy & Asthma Centers, our goal is to support skin health and relieve symptoms to restore a patient's comfort and quality of life.