Eczema affects each person differently. Some will experience more frequent flare-ups than others, and patches can appear in different places throughout the body. Skin Dermatology understands that for a condition that affects each person differently, treatments need to be personalized to the patient, not the condition. 

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What Are The

Symptoms of Eczema?

The most common symptom of eczema is irritated skin. This usually appears as patches of dry, rough, itchy, flakey, or inflamed skin. Eczema may subside on its own for a little, then return with another flare-up. In addition, some people may experience more scaly skin or bumps filled with fluid. Eczema is most commonly found on the arms, the backs of the knees, and the head, though it can pop up anywhere. With the correct eczema treatment in the Worcester, MA area we can help alleviate such symptoms.  


Types of Eczema

Many people are not aware that there are different types of eczema, each with some distinct characteristics. 

Atopic Dermatitis

This is the most common form of eczema. This form of eczema appears as dry, itchy skin, accompanied by a red rash.

Contact Dermatitis

This type of eczema occurs when the skin comes into contact with irritants. The symptoms of contact dermatitis include burning, itching, and redness. This should subside after the irritant is no longer present.

Dyshidrotic Dermatitis

This form caused the skin to form itchy, blistery, scaly patches that can become cracked, red, and even painful. It is commonly found on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and the fingers.

Nummular Dermatitis

This type of eczema is found to occur primarily in the winter. It causes dry round patches to form. It is mainly found on the legs. 

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What Causes Eczema?

It has not been determined what exactly causes eczema. However, many believe that it is an inflammatory response from the immune system where certain proteins are upregulated. This is seen as a response after the body has been exposed to some irritant or when the skin's barrier has been compromised in some way. 

What Sparks a Flare-Up?

There are different things that may cause a flare-up for those with eczema. This includes:

  • Stress
  • Rough fabrics or materials
  • Temperature changes
  • Food allergies
  • Animal dander
  • Sweating
  • Ingredients in detergents, soaps, and shampoos

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Is There a Cure?

The first step in treatment will be a physical examination at Skin Dermatology. From there, our board-certified dermatologist Dr. Alissa Lamoureux can help find the right eczema treatment in the Worcester, MA area. This treatment may include some lifestyle changes, as well as oral or topical medications. 

Treatment Options

The first step in treatment will be a physical examination at Skin Dermatology. From there, our board-certified dermatologist Dr. Alissa Lamoureux can help find the right treatment plan for you. This treatment may include some lifestyle changes, as well as oral or topical medications. 

Dr. Alissa Lamoureux

Skin Dermatology is the destination for full-service dermatology care. Dr. Alissa Lamoureux has always been passionate about treating skin. Serving the Shrewsbury and Worcester, MA area, Skin Dermatology provides patients with medical and cosmetic dermatology care in one convenient location. The location was designed to offer premier medical services in an environment that felt more like a resort than a traditional doctor’s office. If you are struggling with eczema, or are looking for a skin treatment plan, contact Skin Dermatology to schedule an appointment.

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