Eczema

Silicon Valley Dermatology

Mychael Luu, M.D.

General & Surgical Dermatology located in San Jose, CA

Almost 32 million people in the United States have eczema — that's over 10% of the population — and the condition predominantly affects children. Eczema's uncomfortable symptoms and visible rash can affect you both mentally and physically. Fortunately, eczema is treatable when you partner with Mychael Luu, MD, and his team at Silicon Valley Dermatology in San Jose, California. Love your skin once more. Call the office or book a visit online today.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema is a group of conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed, itchy, and rash-like. While most common among children, you can develop eczema at any age.

There are seven types of eczema:

  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Neurodermatitis
  • Hand eczema
  • Dyshidrotic eczema
  • Stasis dermatitis
  • Nummular eczema

The team at Silicon Valley Dermatology has years of experience in diagnosing and treating eczema. They work with you to create individualized treatment programs, incorporating medication and lifestyle changes.

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Your eczema may appear on different body parts at different times, and you can have more than one type of eczema. Eczema symptoms are different for everyone but typically include:

  • Itching
  • Skin inflammation
  • Skin irritation
  • Bleeding from scratching
  • Discolored, scaly skin
  • Rough patches
  • Swelling

Eczema can have flare-ups and may go away for years before returning. If untreated, eczema can cause infection, so it's important you receive treatment as soon as possible.

What causes eczema?

In most cases, eczema is genetic, caused by a gene variation that stops your skin from protecting you from irritants, bacteria, and allergens. If you have a family history of eczema, you're more likely to have it yourself. 

Younger children frequently develop eczema as a symptom of food allergies, and many people develop eczema as a precursor to asthma and hay fever.

Is there a cure for eczema?

There's no cure for eczema, but the providers at Silicon Valley Dermatology can manage its symptoms. Treatments vary according to your age and the severity of your condition and can include one or more of the following.

Medication

Corticosteroid creams and ointments are suitable for anyone over age 2 and can help control itching and skin repair, but use them only as per your provider's instructions. Antibiotics treat open wounds and prevent and treat bacterial infections.

Therapies

Light therapy (phototherapy) uses controlled natural light, ultraviolet A, and ultraviolet B to treat eczema when topical treatments have failed. In severe cases, wrapping the affected area with corticosteroids covered by wet bandages can help.

Infant treatment

If you have an infant with eczema, their treatment program must be gentler on account of their delicate skin. It involves more preventive measures, such as keeping your baby's skin moisturized with oils, creams, and ointments, avoiding extreme temperatures, and keeping a diary of eczema triggers.

Don't let eczema affect your quality of life. Call Silicon Valley Dermatology today or request an appointment through this website.