Eczema

Doctors First

Internists located in Gaithersburg, MD & Germantown, MD

Are you aggravated or embarrassed by red, itchy areas on your skin? Eczema is a common skin condition that affects babies, children, and adults. The providers at Doctors First in Gaithersburg and Germantown, Maryland treat skin conditions like psoriasis, infections, and eczema. If you need relief from constant itching, call on the team at Doctors First or book your appointment below.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema is a persistent, bothersome skin condition that produces a scaly, dry, red rash. About 30 million men, women, and children in America suffer from the frustrating symptoms of eczema.

Eczema rashes can appear anywhere on your body but are especially prevalent in cracks, folds, and creases in your skin. If you’re not sure your recurrent rash is eczema, here are some signature symptoms to look out for:

  • Incessant itching
  • Raised, red, swollen rash
  • Groups of sensitive bumps
  • Yellowish oozing
  • Peeling, flaking skin
  • Dry, rough skin
  • Dark, leathery skin
  • Thickened skin
  • Blood from vigorous scratching

Is eczema contagious?

You don’t have to worry about contact with your family or friends because eczema won’t spread from one person to another. However, even though it’s not contagious, it does have a genetic aspect and may also be a problem for other members of your family.

What causes eczema?

The exact cause of eczema is not known, but researchers and doctors associate it with an overreaction of the immune system. Things that trigger an eczema flare-up vary from person to person, but common reasons for an eczema outbreak are:

  • Personal care products
  • Household cleaners
  • Perfumes and fragrances
  • Dust
  • Textured fabrics
  • Extreme cold weather
  • Pet dander

How is eczema treated?

Dr. Malik or one of the physician assistants at Doctors First puts together a plan to treat you based on the type of eczema you have, the underlying condition, and your medical history. Depending on how severe and recurrent your eczema is, your provider may recommend one or a combination of the following effective treatments:

  • Topical medical-grade moisturizing creams
  • Anti-inflammatory medications and injectables
  • Oral histamines
  • Ultraviolet light therapy
  • Corticosteroids

Some popular at-home remedies that can give you much-needed relief include:

  • Switching to all-natural beauty and personal care products
  • Taking moderate-temperature showers or baths
  • Keeping your skin moist with creams and lotions
  • Steering clear of artificial fragrances and perfumes
  • Taking baths with epsom salts

When eczema flares repeatedly inconvenience your daily activities and slow you down, call Doctors First for an appointment or use the scheduler below to book online.