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Eczema

Eczema, or dermatitis, refers to a group of conditions that cause inflamed, irritated, itchy skin. There are many types of eczema including atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, hand eczema, and dyshidrotic eczema.  Dr. Sergay  has helped countless patients manage and gain control of this chronic condition.

Common Forms of Eczema

Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a form of eczema that usually develops by 5 years of age. Usually, patients have itchy red rashes that come and go. Dr. Sergay feels one of the most important aspects of management is educating patients and parents about the condition and ways to improve the skin barrier. 

For example, most parents feel they can get rid of their child's AD by finding and eliminating the one food or allergen that is causing it. Before a visit with a dermatologist, many parents have tried eliminating foods or other variables from their child's life. However, the literature shows that there is not one thing causes AD. It is a complex condition of genetics and immunology and removing certain foods can be harmful to a child's health. In addition, the guessing game is extremely frustrating. Dr. Sergay always makes sure to take the time needed with each family to  understand the patient's history and skin issues and formulate  treatment plan with the goal of long term control. 

Contact dermatitis is a red, itchy rash caused by direct contact with a substance causing an irritant or allergic response.   Often a dermatologist is needed to figure out which ingredient or substance is the culprit. Dr. Sergay can help you figure out what is contacting your skin causing the reaction and treat your skin safely and effectively to lower the inflammation for long term clearance.

Prompt evaluation with a dermatologist is best, because the longer you have this inflammation in the skin, the longer it will take to clear.

Gain Control of your Eczema

Improve Your Skin Barrier

  • Gentle cleansers without fragrance

  • Avoid long, hot showers or baths

  • Apply a moisturizing cream (not lotion) after each time the skin is wet to protect the barrier.

Avoid Irritants & Triggers

Common Triggers include:

  • Weather (hot or cold)

  • Stress

  • Fragrance

  • Skin care products

Use Medications Correctly

  • Topical steroids are not always needed, but when indicated, only use them for the recommended time frame and in the recommended location.

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