Irradiance Medical Group Dermatology
Board Certified Dermatologists & Cosmetic Surgeons located in Little Tokyo, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA & Torrance, CA
Eczema, formally known as atopic dermatitis, leaves your skin feeling itchy. Because you’re also prone to embarrassing redness and inflammation, you should schedule a visit with the eczema experts at Irradiance Medical Group Dermatology: Christopher Ho, MD. Board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Christopher Ho, and the team offer state-of-the-art treatments at their two Los Angeles locations in Torrance and Little Tokyo. Book an evaluation to see how the team can help you by calling your closest clinic or by using the online scheduler.
Eczema Q & A
What is Eczema?
Eczema, which is formally known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition. It’s caused by a gene variation that affects your skin’s ability to retain moisture and protect itself. Because of this, your skin is open to becoming inflamed and irritated by environmental allergens.
You’re more likely to develop eczema if you have a family history of the condition or if you also battle with hay fever or asthma. Eczema flare-ups are often associated with allergy attacks or outbreaks, too.
How Do I Know if I Have Eczema?
Eczema causes specific symptoms, so your dermatologist can typically diagnose you by evaluating your skin and going over your personal medical history. You might have eczema if you experience:
- Severely dry skin
- Thick, cracked, or scaly skin
- Itching that worsens at night
- Red to brown-gray patches
- Sensitive or raw skin from scratching
Eczema usually develops on your hands and arms, feet and ankles, and chest. You can, however, develop this condition anywhere on your body.
Are There Treatments for Eczema?
Although there's no cure, the team at Irradiance Medical Group Dermatology: Christopher Ho, MD offers several different types of treatments to help minimize discomfort and restore more healthy-looking skin.
Part of your treatment plan often includes reviewing environmental issues that can worsen your condition. For instance, soaps, food allergens, and pet dander can all lead to flare-ups. Once you know what’s triggering your symptoms, you know what to avoid or limit.
Most of the eczema patients are treated with topical steroid creams. Steroids do work for eczema, but have many side effects. Dr. Ho utilizes innovative treatments to minimize the exposure to steroids. He uses non-steroidal creams such as PDE-4 inhibitors to maximize the treatment of eczema with safety. For severe cases of eczema, Dr. Ho may use biologic drugs. Biologics are genetically engineered from proteins found in living tissues or cells. These specialized medications can treat immune system disorders like eczema and decrease future flare-ups or lessen their severity.
Dr. Ho also serves as the principal investigator for clinical trial programs and has access to innovative treatments for eczema. This allows patients to participate in cutting-edge treatments that are not yet available.
Get started on your eczema treatment at Irradiance Medical Group Dermatology: Christopher Ho, MD by calling the office or by booking online.