Eczema Skin Treatment
Mercer Island - Seattle - Bellevue
Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis) is a chronic skin disorder characterized by inflammation, itching and burning of the skin. The condition is most common in infants, but can continue into childhood and adulthood. People with eczema often have family history of allergic reactions, asthma, or hay fever.
Eczema can often be treated with photodynamic light therapy, which exposes the patient to ultraviolet (UV) light for a controlled amount of time. Island Dermatology utilizes Narrowband UVB light therapy to treat numerous skin diseases, including, atopic dermatitis, eczema psoriasis, and contact dermatitis. Narrowband UVB lamps emit light over a short range of wavelengths that are concentrated on the area of the body being treated. Narrowband UVB light therapy treatments typically last 10 seconds to 5 minutes in length.
The experienced dermatology providers at Island Dermatology will work with you to create a treatment plan that will get rid of your eczema and leave you with clear, itch-free skin!
Types of Eczema
Atopic Eczema or Atopic Dermatitis is the most common form of eczema, affecting both children and adults. It generally appears in the creases of the inward bend of the elbow, knee, ankle, wrist joints, the hands, or the upper eyelids. Frequent signs of atopic eczema are itchiness, dryness, redness and inflammation of the skin.
Occurs primarily in adults, particularly middle-aged men, and appears as itchy, coin shaped patches of red skin on the torso or lower legs. The patches of discoid eczema often become itchy and can weep fluid.
Caused by a lack of water in the stratum corneum (outermost layer of the epidermis), and a defect in the out "lipid" layer that seals water in, is characterized by dry or chapped areas of the skin. Occurring in both youth and adults, dry skin eczema appears as scaly or flaky skin on the backs of the hands, lower legs or sometimes, on the entire body.
Affects both children and adults and appears in the creases beside the nose, inner eyebrows, and scalp in adults. Common signs of facial eczema are redness, dryness and itchiness of the skin. Individuals with advanced facial eczema conditions may also see scabbing, skin cracking, scaling, and even oozing of fluid on the face.
Is a form of chronic eczema that appears on the hands and sides of the fingers. While hand eczema is commonly related to atopic eczema, it can also occur because of repeated hand washing, exposure to strong detergents, or, in rare cases, an allergic reaction.
Occurs primarily in adults and appears as coin shaped patches of irritated skin on the legs, arms or chest. Nummular eczema is commonly related to atopic eczema, but can also appear as an allergic reaction to a fungal infection, such as athlete's foot.