Eczema Specialist

Boulder Dermatology

Dermatology Clinic & Aesthetic Specialists located in Boulder, CO & Louisville, CO

Eczema is actually a collection of conditions that causes itchy, red, and inflamed skin. Eczema is extremely common and manageable with the right care. At Boulder Dermatology, Dr. Lise Morrison and the team of board-certified dermatologists can help you reduce symptoms and outbreaks of this sometimes frustrating skin condition. If you live in Boulder or Louisville, Colorado, call or use the online booking agent to make an appointment to take control of your eczema today.

Eczema Q & A

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Eczema is sometimes known as dermatitis, which simply means inflammation of the skin. Symptoms differ slightly among people but are usually characterized by itching, red skin. You can develop eczema in different places on your body, including your elbows, face, arms, legs, back, and hands. Common symptoms include:

  • Dry, sensitive skin
  • Dark patches of skin
  • Leathery and scaly patches
  • Oozing or crusting sores

Eczema is not contagious.

What are common types of eczema?

Several types of eczema exist. One of the most common and chronic is atopic dermatitis, which happens when your immune system overreacts. Contact dermatitis is eczema that occurs when you touch a trigger, such as a type of cloth or chemical. The other types include:

  • Dyshidrotic eczema, which is characterized by small, itchy blisters on the fingers, toes, palms, and soles of your feet
  • Nummular eczema, which includes itchy, coin-shaped spots that form on the skin
  • Seborrheic dermatitis, which occurs on the scalp
  • Stasis dermatitis, which inflames around varicose veins

Having more than one type of eczema is possible. The doctors at Boulder Dermatology perform a thorough review of your symptoms and medical history so they can tailor your treatment plan to your particular eczema case.

What causes eczema?

Researchers aren't entirely sure what causes eczema, but it seems to be a result of a combination of:

  • Genetics
  • Environmental triggers
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Abnormal functioning of the immune system

Eczema can run in families. Children often develop eczema and outgrow it as they age. However, eczema may persist into adulthood.

What are eczema triggers?

Triggers don’t cause eczema, but can stimulate your immune system and result in flare-ups. Common triggers include:

  • Chemicals
  • Soaps, detergents, and fragrances
  • Makeup
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Pet dander

If you have eczema, your skin is sensitive. You may exacerbate eczema if you have prolonged exposure to water, fail to moisturize regularly, or live in a dry climate.

How is eczema treated?

At Boulder Dermatology, the team can help educate you on how to care for your sensitive skin. They can recommend over-the-counter remedies and, depending on the severity of your eczema, also offer prescription topical medications. Oral immunosuppressants can also help control flare-ups. They’ll work with you to identify triggers so you can minimize discomfort.

If you suffer from inflamed, red, and itchy skin due to eczema, contact Boulder Dermatology to effectively treat and manage your symptoms.