Eczema services offered in the greater Silver Spring, MD and Reston, VA area

There are ways to treat the itching, rash, or blisters that come with eczema. Kunal Angra, MD, Divya Angra, MD, and the team at Sapphire Dermatology treat this common condition at office locations in Silver Spring, Maryland, and Reston, Virginia. When you’re ready to learn more, book a face-to-face visit online or by phone.

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Eczema Q&A


Eczema is a common inflammatory skin condition. According to the National Eczema Association, more than 31 million Americans experience at least one form of eczema.

There are many different types of eczema, some of which are more serious than others. The condition can develop just weeks after birth or at any point during childhood or adulthood. Symptoms most commonly develop when you’re in your 20s or over age 50.

Researchers are uncertain of the exact cause of eczema but believe the condition develops as a result of an overactive immune system. When your immune system perceives damage, it ramps up cell production. This can cause inflammation in your skin, which leads to additional eczema symptoms.

Understanding the signs and symptoms of eczema is the best way to know when to take action. Skin rash is the most common symptom, but because a rash is linked to so many other skin issues, you often need to look a little closer to determine if eczema is to blame.

Some things to look for include:

  • Itching skin
  • Dry skin
  • Skin that appears rough, scaly, or leathery
  • Swelling
  • Oozing or crusting skin
  • Skin discoloration
  • Increased skin sensitivity

If you experience these changes or notice them in a loved one, reach out to Sapphire Dermatology to schedule a diagnostic exam.

Several treatments can help manage eczema. Over-the-counter oral antihistamines can reduce inflammation, and pain medications can relieve discomfort.

Topical hydrocortisone helps manage itching, inflammation, and skin irritation. You’ll likely need to apply the gel, cream, lotion, or ointment several times a day for as long as 7-14 days to see improvement.

Prescription topical medications help disrupt the immune signals that trigger eczema. These options carry a risk of side effects, and some cannot be safely used over the long term. Prescription topical steroids are an effective way to manage inflammation.

Oral medications help suppress or control your immune system, reducing the severity of eczema symptoms. Your dermatologist helps you find the right treatment path for your unique set of needs.

Book a visit today to determine if you or a loved one has eczema. Online scheduling is fast and convenient, and you can also reach the practice by phone during normal business hours.

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