Eczema

Eczema Dermatologist Wake Forest, NC

Eczema Services - Wake Forest, NC

Eczema impacts over 31 million individuals in the United States, leading to symptoms such as dry, itchy, and scaly skin. This condition, which can occur at any stage of life, often causes discomfort and may manifest as blisters, rashes, and skin infections. Dr. Patricia Matheis at Wake Forest Dermatology in Wake Forest, North Carolina, specializes in addressing various skin health conditions, including different types of eczema. Contact Wake Forest Dermatology via phone or utilize the online booking tool today to schedule an appointment for eczema treatment.

Eczema Q&A

What is Eczema?

Eczema stands as a prevalent inflammatory skin condition characterized by dry, itchy skin that may progress to rashes, scaly patches, blisters, and occasional skin infections. Its onset can occur during childhood, adolescence, or adulthood, and its severity ranges from mild to severe.

Common symptoms of eczema include:

  • Raw, sensitive skin
  • Inflamed, discolored skin
  • Rough, leathery, or scaly skin
  • Oozing and crusting
  • Areas of swelling

These symptoms may fluctuate, with periodic flare-ups or periods of remission. If symptoms exacerbate, impacting sleep or daily activities, or if signs of skin infection arise, such as red streaks or pus, prompt consultation with Dr. Matheis at Wake Forest Dermatology is advisable.

What Causes Eczema?

At Wake Forest Dermatology, Dr. Matheis conducts a comprehensive assessment to identify triggers and determine the specific type of eczema. Several eczema variants exist, including:

  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Contact dermatitis (allergic or irritant)
  • Dyshidrotic eczema
  • Nummular eczema
  • Hand eczema
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Stasis dermatitis

Dry skin underlies all types of eczema, emphasizing the importance of adequate moisturization.

How is Eczema Treated? Upon evaluation, Dr. Matheis tailors treatment to your condition’s severity and your age.

Treatment modalities may encompass:

  • Medical-grade moisturizing creams
  • Prescription topical medications
  • Antibiotics for skin infection
  • Phototherapy (light therapy)
  • Cool compresses or cold therapy

For comprehensive eczema diagnosis and treatment, contact Wake Forest Dermatology or schedule an appointment online.