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Eczema Specialist

Houston Skin Associates

Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology located in Museum District Houston & Pearland, TX

The itching and irritation with eczema can be severe enough to make you lose sleep or struggle with focusing on work or school. Experienced medical and cosmetic dermatologists at Houston Skin Associates can assess your condition and design an individualized treatment plan from their offices in Museum District,Houston, and Pearland, Texas. To schedule a treatment consultation, call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema is a skin condition that isn’t contagious but can cause irritable and itchy rashes. There are seven different types, but they all share similar symptoms. 

Many people experience eczema during childhood but not during adulthood. However, it’s also possible for the rashes to come and go throughout your life.

The team at Houston Skin Associates works closely with you to find an effective way to manage your eczema. They provide personalized treatment plans based on the type of eczema you have, its severity, and your general health.

Which type of eczema do I have?

There are several different types of eczema. While they all cause rashes, the features of their flare-ups differ according to type. Houston Skin Associates specializes in diagnosing and treating:

Atopic dermatitis

The most common type, atopic dermatitis, starts during childhood and either goes away or diminishes significantly in adulthood. It’s the result of your skin’s moisture barrier getting weak, which makes your skin more sensitive to the elements, allergens, and irritants. 

Contact dermatitis

Contact dermatitis flares up after you touch an allergen or irritant. It often causes hives, blisters, or thickening skin. The most common triggers for contact dermatitis are nickel, latex, paint, and detergents.

Dyshidrotic eczema

Dyshidrotic eczema causes fluid-filled blisters to form on your hands or feet. It can appear due to dampness, allergies, or exposure to certain irritable substances.

Hand dermatitis

Hand dermatitis is a type of eczema that only affects the hands. It’s common in people who work with chemicals, like hairdressers or cleaners. If you have it, the skin on your hands becomes dry and cracked.

Neurodermatitis

Neurodermatitis is similar to atopic dermatitis. It causes your skin to become thick, scaly, and itchy in areas like your arms, legs, and scalp. 

Nummular eczema

Nummular eczema causes round, itchy spots to develop on your skin. This type is easy to identify because none of the other types of eczema feature these coin-shaped spots. 

Stasis dermatitis

Stasis dermatitis is a type of eczema that happens when fluid leaks out of weak spots in your veins. It causes swelling and heaviness in your legs as well as other symptoms like open sores and thick or dry skin.

Granuloma annulare, which is similar to eczema, causes raised rashes or bumps in ring-like patterns across your skin.

What are my treatment options for eczema?

The team at Houston Skin Associates creates a personalized treatment plan for your eczema or similar inflammatory skin condition.

Many topical products, both prescription and over-the-counter, can control symptoms like itching and swelling that occur during a flare-up. However, you might need to try several products before finding one that effectively reduces your eczema symptoms. 

Other options for treatment include ultraviolet (UV) light therapy, cold compresses, and lifestyle modifications like avoiding triggers.

To discuss your options for eczema care, call Houston Skin Associates or schedule an appointment online today.