Eczema and Atopic Dermatitis

Definition/Diagnosis

If you are experiencing dry red scaly itchy patches at the bend of your elbows and behind your knees, as well as a tendency for generalized dry and itchy skin with red patches that often come and go, chances are you suffer from the condition of eczema or atopic dermatitis. Often this condition begins very early in life, at just a few months old, and can flare up throughout childhood. Sometimes it may go into remission, only to recur in later years and then become a chronic problem affecting the hands and feet as well.

You may have tried over-the-counter preparations, or perhaps even visited an urgent care center or your family physician, but still find your condition is not controlled. Many patients have even been to other dermatologists and still cannot get their eczema under control. We have literally seen “bags full” of prescription creams that they have tried, but to no avail.

Dr. Snyder’s Approach

Dr. Snyder’s approach to treating eczema and atopic dermatitis is one that involves listening to you, thoroughly examining your skin, and then, devising a customized plan that in most cases works where others have failed. Dr. Snyder is highly qualified to recognize, treat, counsel and manage your eczema condition using a multi-pronged approach, because there is no simple “cookbook” solution for all patients. Early treatment is crucial in order to prevent extensive skin involvement, skin infection, and the thickening and discoloration of the skin that can lead to permanent scarring.

Dr. Snyder’s Treatment

Because each case is unique, your problem may be due to many factors. A critical part of the treatment is for you to have a thorough understanding that how you respond to your skin rash can greatly affect the success of your outcome. Dr. Snyder will help you to recognize and reduce or eliminate your triggering factors, break the itch-scratch cycle, and usually recommend combination therapy that may include prescription topical medications, in-office cosmeceutical preparations, prescription oral medications to control itching, inflammation, scaling scabbing and crusting, ultraviolet light therapy, and an intensive bathing and moisturizing regimen best suited for your specific skin type.

Dr. Snyder will also take the time you need to have a thorough understanding of your condition and your treatment regimen, and Dr. Snyder demonstrate for you his own dermatologic techniques  for how to properly apply your topical medications towards achieving the best results.

Call now  to schedule a consultation at (410) 356-0000.