Eczema

Manage Chronically Itchy, Red Skin in New Jersey

The South Jersey Skin Care & Laser Center team provides a caring, personalized approach to helping people living with eczema in New Jersey. Eczema is a time-consuming and uncomfortable chronic condition that can negatively impact a person's quality of life.

If you suffer from symptoms of eczema—including redness, itchiness, and even pain—it's important to know that you’re not alone. An estimated 35 million Americans are affected by this skin problem. Though there is no cure, the symptoms can be managed.

Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Robin Levin and the team of skin care specialists at South Jersey Skin Care & Laser Center can help with eczema in New Jersey. Click here to schedule an appointment. If you prefer, you may also contact us directly at (856) 810-9888.

What is Eczema?

Eczema, which is also sometimes referred to as atopic dermatitis, is an umbrella term for a group of chronic but non-contagious, inflammatory conditions that sporadically cause intensely itchy, reddened blotches to appear on the skin. People of all ages can be affected, but it occurs most frequently in children, typically appearing for the first time on children younger than 5.

Unfortunately, due to the condition’s recurring nature, as soon as irritation resolves in one part of the skin, another section may become inflamed. Scratching the fragile skin only makes the issue worse. While no cure for eczema currently exists, the good news is that there are ways for sufferers to live more comfortably. You can manage and minimize symptoms, as well as learn to avoid known triggers. This can also help to prevent more serious infections that develop from wounds opened while scratching.

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Meet Dr. Levin

Board-certified Dr. Robin Levin and her team at South Jersey Skin Care & Laser Center provide a comprehensive service offering of clinical and cosmetic dermatology. Learn more about Dr. Levin or request a consultation today!

Common Causes of Eczema

Eczema is frequently linked to specific genetic, environmental, and immunological influences. The condition can be inherited—a family history of allergies or asthma may indicate someone is more prone to developing the condition.

Sufferers tend to have a highly sensitive immune system. Breakouts may occur when even the smallest irritants—including common household products, perfumes, dust, or animal dander—make contact with the skin, triggering an allergic reaction. Harsh soaps, solvents, and detergents sometimes contain chemicals that damage, dry out, or burn skin. Other people have a reaction to materials such as scratchy fabrics or carpet fibers.

Sudden, weather-related temperature and humidity changes may provoke eczema flareups. At other times, emotional stress and anxiety are believed to make the condition worse. Foods do not directly cause outbreaks, but consuming or touching specific food items may contribute to the problem.

External Eczema Symptoms

The word "eczema" is derived from a Greek term meaning "to boil over." This is an apt description of what the condition can feel like for a person living with it. The severity of symptoms varies from person to person, but eczema is generally characterized by dry patches of skin, which may feel raw.

Some people experience oozing lesions that become scaly, crusty, or hardened. Others notice inflammation, swelling, flakiness, or fluid-filled bumps. On darker skin tones, these flare-ups may look purple, grey, or a darker brown color. The flexors (crooks of the elbows and backs of the knees) are common places for rashes to occur, but patches may appear anywhere on the body.

Treatment Options

Being aware of and in control of your surroundings is the key to reducing the severity of breakouts. Sufferers may keep a chart to write down possible items that worsen their symptoms. Managing eczema can involve incorporating daily lifestyle changes to avoid or get rid of elements that provoke flare-ups.

Knowing which environmental factors agitate your skin can help you cope with the challenges of eczema. Topical products such as lotions and creams that keep the skin hydrated may be prescribed to alleviate discomfort.

The South Jersey Skin Care & Laser Center team is very experienced when it comes to helping patients to manage eczema. Dr. Robin Levin can diagnose and provide proper therapeutic treatment, which may involve a combination of medications. During your appointment, she may examine your skin, discuss your medical history, and investigate possible triggers.

Other Skin Conditions

South Jersey Skin Care & Laser Center specializes in identifying, treating, managing, and potentially curing a large number of skin conditions that may impact South Jersey and Philadelphia-area patients. These include skin cancer, rosacea, acne, psoriasis, and more.

Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Robin Levin and the team at South Jersey Skin Care & Laser Center can discuss more about eczema in New Jersey. Click here to schedule an appointment, and we will get in touch with you shortly. If you prefer, you may also contact us directly at (856) 810-9888.