Eczema services offered in Pasadena, CA

Eczema affects more than 30 million Americans, making it one of the most common skin conditions in children and adults in the United States. As a board-certified dermatologist and Mohs surgeon, Dr. Soleymani provides comprehensive care for eczema at California Dermatology and Mohs Surgery Specialists in Pasadena, California. Call the dermatology center today or schedule an appointment online to find lasting relief from eczema.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes red, dry, flaky patches of skin. Also called atopic dermatitis, eczema can range in severity. While some people have specific, avoidable triggers, others experience debilitating irritation that can affect their comfort and self-esteem. Eczema has no cure, but it is manageable with proper care.

As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Soleymani can develop a personalized care plan that helps manage your condition and minimizes your symptoms.

What are the signs of eczema?

Eczema symptoms can vary from person to person, depending on the condition’s severity. It may also mimic other chronic skin conditions, like psoriasis. A proper diagnosis from a trained dermatologic is essential to ensure you receive a treatment plan that works for your specific skin concern.

Common signs of eczema include:

  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Blisters
  • Skin rashes
  • Red, tender areas of skin
  • Flaky skin
  • Crusting

The patches of skin where eczema develops can also thicken and take on a leathery appearance.

What causes eczema?

While there is currently no known cause of eczema, experts believe genetic and environmental conditions influence its development. Common risk factors for eczema include:

  • Weakened skin barrier
  • A family history of eczema, allergies, or asthma
  • Inflammation
  • Soap, fragrances, and detergents

Disruptions in the skin’s bacteria can also increase your risk of eczema. Following a comprehensive skin evaluation and review of your medical history, Dr. Soleymani can provide the appropriate diagnosis.

How is eczema diagnosed?

Diagnosing eczema requires a thorough skin evaluation and medical history review. Dr. Soleymani asks about your symptoms and family history to identify your risk factors. 

After completing the initial exam, he may perform a patch test. This test involves applying specific substances to your skin to determine whether they cause a reaction. Patch testing is an effective tool for identifying eczema triggers.

What are the treatments for eczema?

Effectively treating eczema usually involves a combination of lifestyle changes, such as trigger avoidance, and medications to reduce the frequency of flare-ups. Common treatments for eczema include:

  • Topical or oral corticosteroids
  • Antihistamines
  • Light therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Wet wrap therapy

Dr. Soleymani works with you to develop the appropriate plan for your specific symptoms and skin type.

Call California Dermatology and Mohs Surgery Specialists today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about eczema.