Eczema & Atopic Dermatitis
What Is Eczema and Atopic Dermatitis?
Eczema is a broad term in dermatology used to describe rashes that are caused by inflammation in the skin. Eczema is characterized by itching and red, flaky skin. Eczema most commonly refers to atopic dermatitis but there are other types of eczema as well including dyshidrotic eczema, nummular eczema, contact dermatitis, and many others.
Atopic dermatitis is the most common childhood rash and seen very frequently in the dermatology office. Atopic dermatitis is partly genetic but influenced by the environment as well. It typically begins in infancy or early childhood.
While most children do outgrow atopic dermatitis, it can be quite bothersome for many years and frequently waxes and wanes.
There are many treatment options for eczema and atopic dermatitis including topical creams and emollients, light therapy (phototherapy), and sometimes oral medications. Dr. Ortleb has a state of the art Daavlin Neolux phototherapy unit for in office light treatments for those that are a candidate. A new medication called Dupixent was recently approved for hard to treat atopic dermatitis and can be very effective.
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