What is eczema?

Eczema causes dry, itchy, skin. It can come and go with the seasons as well as stress. Eczema can make the skin flaky, scaly, and red at times. It is often worse in the winter when the air is dry.

When it is mild, eczema usually does not need treatment. But when it is severe and ongoing (known as atopic dermatitis), eczema can cause excessive itching and discomfort. It also can cause scarring that appears as thickened, white, crusty patches on the skin. For these reasons, atop dermatitis should be treated.

Severe eczema often first occurs in childhood or adolescence. In some cases, it can improve or go away over time. But some people have eczema all their lives.

Although it can look unsightly, eczema is not contagious.

Whether you have mild or severe eczema Dr. Moy, MD can recommend treatments and approaches to minimize your discomfort and keep your skin looking and feeling as healthy as possible.

Eczema Symptoms

The most common symptom of mild eczema is dry, scaly skin that may or may not itch on the arms or legs. Severe eczema is accompanied with intense itching most often but not limited to the face, elbows, and backs of the knees. If you have eczema, your skin is likely to be very sensitive to touch.

What causes eczema?

If you have eczema, it can get worse with:

  • Anything that dries out the skin
  • Allergies to food and medicine
  • Allergies to soaps and detergents
  • Hot baths/showers
  • Tight and scratchy clothing such as wool
  • Changes in temperature
  • Changes in humidity
  • Stress

Eczema Treatment

If you need treatment for eczema, Dr. Lawrence Moy, Dermatologist in Manhattan Beach, can help! His treatment options include soothing moisturizers as well as over-the-counter topical solutions such as cortisone cream for mild eczema.

If you have severe eczema, Dr. Moy might recommend that you take an antihistamine and use either a prescription steroid cream or ointments to prevent and control itching and reduce irritation to your skin.

Some people with eczema are thought to have an allergy to dust mites. For this reason, Dr. Moy also might recommend that you be tested for dust mite allergy. If you show a sensitivity to dust mites, Dr. Moy might recommend that you have an allergy shot for dust mites. He also is likely to advise that you eliminate as many dust mites from your home as possible.


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