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Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

An uncomfortable red rash or red patches of the skin that is commonly found inside the folds of elbows, knees, hands, feet and cheeks.

What is it?

Eczema affects both children and adults, often being genetic and linked to allergies. It results in dry, flaky skin and blisters or tiny lumps. In serious instances, eczema can lead to painful cracks that may bleed. While many individuals refer to their atopic dermatitis as eczema, the term 'eczema' actually encompasses a broader range of skin disorders. Atopic dermatitis, the most prevalent type of eczema, can affect virtually any part of the skin.


Eczema is frequently seen in infants and toddlers, with rashes appearing on their cheeks and chin. However, it can impact people of all ages and affect any part of the body. Those suffering from eczema experience flare-ups, during which the rash becomes inflamed, itchy, uncomfortable and painful, as well as periods of remission that could last weeks, months or even years. Eczema is not infectious, but it is certainly not pleasant. Our board-certified dermatologists at Mountain State Dermatology are here to help.


How is it treated?

While there isn't a dedicated cure for eczema available yet, there are treatment options that can help manage symptoms. For milder cases, certain topical applications like petroleum jelly and moisturizers have been known to alleviate some of the symptoms. Many eczema patients find that more aggressive treatment is necessary to get relief. Our board-certified providers equipped to accurately identify which of the 7 variants of eczema you might be dealing with, and accordingly build a specialized skin care regimen that could include:


  • A personalized skin care routine
  • Wet wrap therapy
  • Management of triggers to lessen flare ups
  • Prescription medication for topical application
  • Light therapy
  • Systemic medication that works throughout the body

Dermatologists and researchers across the globe have been working to devise new treatments to decrease, and in some cases, completely eliminate eczema symptoms. JAK inhibitors, one of the latest medicines used to treat eczema shows promising results in many patients.


To explore options to finally get relief from your eczema, schedule with one of our local providers in Bridgeport, Clarksburg, Elkins, Hurricane, Morgantown, Parkersburg, South Charleston and Wheeling, West Virginia; in Waynesburg and Uniontown, Pennsylvania or in Marietta, Ohio.

THE TREATMENTS BELOW CAN HELP WITH ECZEMA (ATOPIC DERMATITIS):
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