Eczema can be miserable, causing itching, redness, and inflammation. At MDCS: Medical Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, located in Upper East Side, Hampton Bays, Commack, Smithtown, Plainview and Midtown East of Manhattan, NY, our physicians provide eczema relief for adults and children throughout the greater New York area.
Eczema, formally called atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition characterized by itchy, inflamed patches of red scaly skin. As many as 30 million American suffer from eczema, according to the National Eczema Association. Because this condition is so itchy, patients often scratch their skin continually, causing lesions that can become crusty and ooze. Eczema usually begins in early childhood and flares up periodically then subsides.
The cause of eczema is not known, but it is thought to have a genetic component, as the condition often runs in families. Eczema is most likely the result of various factors, including: dryness, a reduction in the skin’s barrier that locks in moisture, immune system dysfunction, bacteria on the skin’s surface, and environmental conditions.
While there is no cure for eczema, the doctor’s at MDCS can help alleviate symptoms and control flare-ups. Treatment options include:
There are a number of preventative steps that patients can take to minimize flare-ups. These include:
*Individual Results May Vary
Eczema, medically known as atopic dermatitis – is an inflammation of the skin that leads to very itchy red/brownish patches that resemble the look of a common rash. If not managed properly or if left untreated, the inflamed patches of eczema can become crusty, bumpy, ooze, crack and/or thicken. The first outbreak normally appears prior to the age of 5, but the condition can persist into adulthood. There have been reports of a staph infection accompanying an eczema rash with individuals with severe eczema.
To maintain skin affected by eczema, take at least one shower per day with warm water for approximately 10-15 minutes. Wash with a gentle cleansing bar or wash formulated for sensitive skin. Pat away any excess water and immediately apply moisturizer to damp skin. The best moisturizers to use are fragrance-free, eczema-friendly or a prescribed medicated topical. Applying Vaseline may also help itch, but since since it contains no water, it is best to use it only after bathing. Be sure to liberally use moisturizers throughout the day. Avoid skin irritants and proven allergens.
A wide variety of insurances are accepted to cover the cost of consultations and treatments. If you have any questions regarding whether your insurance plan is accepted and coverage, please feel free to contact our office.
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"Dr. Amin is a superb dermatologist at a superb practice. He once got me in on very short notice for a complicated procedure, and I left feeling like he really cared."
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"Dr. Amin did a great job reassuring me and made me feel very comfortable. He is very knowledgeable, skilled, and patient. He spent a lot of time with me."
"Anticipate patient's needs. I am surprised that there are such few great doctors like Dr. Gratch out there. I recommend Dr. Gratch for anyone with a skin issue."
"I really enjoyed my time with Dr. Engelman. She is bright, kind, and capable. She knew my diagnosis right away, but didn't rush me out of her office."
"Dr. Schadlow is bright, caring, efficient and knowledgeable. She's got great bedside manner and helped clear up my concerns. Her staff was excellent too."
"He and his associates are top notch; young, knowledgeable and caring. They respond clearly to all questions and do not rush the visit. Great all around service."
"He is also the best cosmetic surgeon I have had for repairing the skin cancer sites...He said his work is "guaranteed for life."...he saved my face if not my life."
"I have been treated by most of the doctors for my most basic skin care needs to the more elective procedures. I am confident that I am receiving the very best skin care"
"I've been a patient of both Dr. Schadlow for a few several dermatological procedures, and then Dr. Amin for mohs surgery. I found them both extremely professional."
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"Dr. Amin was efficient, explained what he was doing and why, and gave me clear instructions on how to care for my skin over the long term to prevent breakouts."
"I also really like this office, the staff are really nice and professional, I did not have to wait long, and their prices are comparable to others in the city."
"The doctors assistant was very friendly as well. Dr. Schadlow was great! Very knowledgeable and caring. Overall, great experience. I was in and out in about 25 minutes."