Treatment for Eczema in Berkeley
Preventing Inflammation in Your Skin
Whether you’re newly diagnosed with eczema or you have struggled with this chronic skin condition for years, you know finding a treatment that works for you is essential. Without proper and effective interventions, people with eczema can experience significant discomfort, itching, and inflammation that may lower their overall quality of life. Our board-certified dermatologist at NorCal Dermatology Group along with our highly experienced staff can help you come up with a treatment plan and maintain the prevention of serious flare-ups.
What Is Eczema?
Eczema is an umbrella term that refers to a range of conditions, but it is most often used in reference to dermatitis, a common condition characterized by a certain type of inflammation in the skin. There are many different types of eczema and symptoms can range from mild itching and redness to severe blistering and cracked skin.
Common symptoms of eczema include:
- Dry patches of skin
- Fluid-filled blisters
- Cracking of the skin
Different Types of Eczema
There are several different types of eczema, and each of them has its own appearance and symptoms.
The most common forms of eczema include:
- Atopic dermatitis – the most common type of eczema and what people are usually thinking of when they hear the word. Atopic dermatitis leads to skin reddening, inflammation, and itching.
- Contact dermatitis – like atopic dermatitis, leads to itching and inflammation. These typically lead to a localized rash that may be painful. What starts as a mild, itchy rash may develop into blisters, bumps, or cracks in the skin.
Eczema Treatment Options
In most cases, you can manage eczema symptoms on your own at home, but during serious flareups, you may need to visit our provider in Berkeley for more advanced solutions. Treatments will generally vary depending on the cause and severity of eczema. Our extensive experience applies years of training, education, and working with patients on a one-on-one basis to find the solution that best suits your unique needs.
You may be at greater risk for eczema if you have:
- Frequent or severe allergic reactions
- Repetitive movement of fabric or jewelry
- Overactive immune system
- Health conditions (Parkinson’s’ disease, HIV)
- Sensitive skin
- Frequent contact with irritants
- Stress and anxiety