Eczema Specialist

Century City Allergy

Board-Certified Allergist located in Century City, Los Angeles, CA

Approximately 30 million Americans suffer from eczema. With its dry, inflamed, itchy rash, this skin condition can make you miserable. Dr. Marc Meth, MD at Century City Allergy offers eczema diagnosis and treatment for men, women, and children in Los Angeles, California. Call today or book an appointment online to get relief from your eczema.

Eczema Q & A

Century City Allergy

What is eczema?

Eczema is an uncomfortable, chronic skin disease that commonly occurs in children but can affect you at any age. It causes a recurring red and itchy rash that may be unusually severe at night. This rash can affect the skin on various parts of your body, though it most often occurs in creases and crevices.

Eczema symptoms vary widely in severity. Some symptoms come and go while others linger for weeks and months. Telltale signs that you have eczema include:

  • Intense, relentless itching
  • A red rash with raised bumps of varying sizes
  • Oozing from the rash
  • Yellowish crusting around the rash
  • Cracks in the skin where the rash develops
  • Puffiness where the rash frequently appears
  • Peeling, flaking, or scaling skin
  • Thickening and darkening of the affected skin

You may be concerned about close contact with others when you have an eczema outbreak. The good news is you don’t have to worry: Eczema is not contagious.

What are the different types of eczema?

There are several types of eczema, and they result in different symptoms. Common varieties of eczema are:

  • Atopic dermatitis: an oozing rash associated with immune disorders
  • Contact dermatitis: dryness and itching from direct contact with allergens
  • Stasis dermatitis: discoloration and itching related to circulation irregularities
  • Seborrheic dermatitis: greasy, swollen, yellowish areas linked to environmental or genetic causes
  • Nummular eczema: coin-shaped spots that appear after a burn, insect bite, scrape, or cut
  • Dyshidrotic eczema: painful, burning blisters on your hands and feet

How is eczema treated?

Dr. Marc Meth considers the type of eczema you have when developing your customized treatment plan. Since there’s no known cure for eczema, he offers reliable ways to relieve the pain and itching.

Helpful changes you can make to ease your eczema symptoms include:

  • Frequent use of moisturizing agents
  • Avoiding ultra-hot showers or baths
  • Using fragrance- and allergen-free personal care products
  • Using natural laundry detergent
  • Wearing gloves while washing dishes

If necessary, Dr. Marc Meth prescribes topical corticosteroids or other new immune modulators.

Call today or schedule an appointment online to get the relief you need.