Some patients come to Derick Dermatology with complaints of extremely dry, itchy skin. They may be unsure what caused it, and may find that they can’t seem to make it go away with lotions or topical creams. When they request an appointment with the providers of Derick Dermatology, they will sometimes learn that they are suffering from a skin problem called eczema. Eczema, which is sometimes referred to as dermatitis, affects babies, children, and adults. The providers at Derick Dermatology, located in Arlington Heights, Barrington, Bartlett, Buffalo Grove, Crystal Lake, Elgin, McHenry and Park Ridge, are qualified to treat patients of all ages.

What Causes Ezcema?

Eczema affects millions of Americans. This common skin condition can take many forms: Seborrheic dermatitis, Nummular eczema, and Dyshidrotic eczema, just to name a few. In order to treat it, it is important to know what has caused it. There are typically three triggers for eczema:

  • Genetic
  • Allergic reaction
  • Caused by a specific irritant

Genetic or hereditary forms of eczema typically do not have a specific trigger and can result in flare-ups and problems throughout a patient’s life with no immediate stimulus. Some individuals develop eczema due to an allergic reaction to a metal or some other allergen that has come in contact with their skin. Others may find that a specific irritant has caused the issue, such as a new laundry detergent, skin care product, or changes in temperature and humidity.

Eczema & Dermatitis Treatment

During a consultation and examination at Derick Dermatology, your provider will investigate possible causes of your eczema. Skin examinations and allergy testing may be done to narrow down the source of the problem and determine the trigger. Once this has been done, the dermatologist can then suggest various treatment options.

Many times eczema treatment starts with a new skin care regimen, followed by the use of topical products, such as creams or lotions, to help ease the inflammation and dry skin that results from eczema. Prescription topical medications for eczema are available in many different forms, and your provider at Derick Dermatology will provide you with expert advice on medications that you will feel comfortable using.

Request an Appointment at Derick Dermatology to Treat your Skin Issues!

Call us at (847) 381-8899 to schedule a consultation to discuss your skin concerns with one of our professionals. We have convenient locations to serve you in Arlington Heights, Barrington, Bartlett, Buffalo Grove, Crystal Lake, Elgin, Libertyville, Lindenhurst, McHenry, Naperville, Oak Brook, and Park Ridge.

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Derick Dermatology is a leading authority in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatological services with 14 stunning Chicagoland dermatology locations. Our dedicated dermatologists offer exceptional dermatological services for both adult and pediatric patients. Please complete our online form or call our main number at (847) 381-8899 to schedule a consultation.