Eczema Specialist

Verum Cutis Dermatology

Megan Brelsford, DO

Dermatologist located in Ashburn, VA

If you have patches of dry, red, itchy skin, you may have eczema, which can make you feel uncomfortable and self-conscious. Though eczema is quite common, you need treatment from a board-certified dermatologist like Megan Brelsford, DO. She offers expert diagnosis and care to soothe your skin at Verum Cutis Dermatology in Ashburn, Virginia. Call or schedule an appointment online today for specialized medical care for eczema.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema is a group of conditions that lead to inflamed, itchy, red skin. Over 30 million Americans live with eczema. Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema. However, there are several types of the condition including:

  • Contact dermatitis
  • Dyshidrotic eczema
  • Nummular eczema
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Stasis dermatitis

Eczema symptoms vary in severity and include:

  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Red or brown patches on your skin
  • Thick or scaly skin
  • Raised bumps that may leak fluid

If you’re living with these uncomfortable or painful symptoms, contact Dr. Brelsford at Verum Cutis Dermatology for diagnosis and treatment.

What causes eczema?

Eczema is linked to your genes and environmental triggers. If a member of your family has eczema, your chances of developing the condition increase. If you or a family member have asthma, hay fever, or other allergies, you are more likely to experience eczema, which is often triggered by exposure to an allergen that causes your immune system to react causing symptoms to flare up.

Common eczema triggers include:

  • Animal dander
  • Dust
  • Fruit juices
  • Certain soaps
  • Cleaning products
  • Excessive sweat
  • Fabrics like wool
  • Illnesses like a cold that affect your immune system

If you have eczema, you should get treatment to control your flare-ups and learn to avoid allergens that trigger your symptoms. When left untreated, you may develop complications like skin infections or chronic itchy, scaly skin.

How is eczema treated?

Dr. Brelsford provides customized treatments to soothe your skin and control your symptoms. She often prescribes corticosteroid creams and ointments to control inflammation and reduce your uncomfortable symptoms. If your skin is broken and you have an infection, she also prescribes medications to heal your skin.

Dr. Brelsford also offers light therapy, which works by exposing your skin to controlled amounts of natural sunlight. It calms inflammation and itchiness, while increasing vitamin D production and your natural ability to fight off bacteria on your skin.

How should I take care of my skin at home?

Dr. Brelsford gives you specific instructions for at-home skin care for eczema. In general, you need to keep your skin clean and moisturized. Dr. Brelsford can recommend gentle products that won’t irritate your skin. You should take short showers, and use warm water. You should also take care to avoid your known eczema triggers.

If you’re living with eczema and want effective treatment to ease your symptoms, call or make an appointment online today.