Eczema

Jeffrey Alter, MD -  - Medical Dermatologist

Integrated Dermatology of Waterbury

Jeffrey Alter, MD

Medical Dermatologist located in Waterbury, CT & Southbury, CT

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, leads to uncomfortable dry, scaly patches that are known for being extremely itchy. With the help of board-certified dermatologist Jeffrey Alter, MD, of Integrated Dermatology of Waterbury, you can receive effective treatments to resolve eczema and minimize your symptoms. Schedule your eczema evaluation at this Waterbury, Connecticut, dermatology practice by requesting an appointment online. You can also call to speak with a team member directly.

Eczema Q & A

What causes eczema?

Eczema affects men and women of all ages, although children are far more likely to struggle with it. For those who have eczema, it tends to start before their fifth birthday in about 90% of cases. Medical experts find that eczema cases are on the rise and although they aren’t quite sure why, common causes and triggers of eczema can include:

  • Family history of eczema
  • Hay fever, asthma, or allergies
  • Food allergies or intolerances
  • Living in colder climates

There’s even a link between eczema and your mother’s age at your birth. If your mother gave birth later in her childbearing years, your risk of developing eczema increases. Women are also more likely to struggle with eczema than men.

When should I see a dermatologist for eczema?

Because eczema is known for being rather uncomfortable and overwhelmingly itchy, it’s important to schedule an evaluation at Integrated Dermatology of Waterbury as soon as your symptoms begin. Dr. Alter wants to evaluate you if you experience:

  • Skin infections
  • Scaly and dry rashes
  • Extremely dry skin
  • Thickened or leathery skin
  • Rashes that bubble up and ooze
  • Difficulty sleeping due to rashes

Eczema signs and symptoms most commonly flare up on your face and scalp, as well as your elbows and feet, especially in children. No matter how minor or how severe your — or your child’s — eczema may be, you can get the effective treatment you need at Integrated Dermatology of Waterbury.

How is eczema treated?

Although no cure exists for eczema, at Integrated Dermatology of Waterbury, Dr. Alter’s goal is to relieve your current symptoms, reduce the severity of eczema flare-ups, and prevent skin infections. To accomplish these tasks, Dr. Alter may recommend any of the following eczema treatments:

  • Wet dressings
  • Light therapy
  • Corticosteroid creams
  • Specialized moisturizers
  • Oral or topical antibiotics
  • Inflammation-reducing drugs

Dr. Alter also counsels you on lifestyle changes you can make, including dietary considerations, to lower your risk of eczema flare-ups, or reduce their severity.

If you have eczema, you have plenty of options for relief at Integrated Dermatology of Waterbury. Book your eczema exam today either online or over the phone.