Excellence in Treating Eczema in Williamsport, PA
Eczema, commonly known as atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition that range from mild to severe. Flare-ups generally come in cycles, triggered by a variety of potential causes.
If you’re experiencing eczema symptoms in Williamsport, PA, Find a Provider at UPMC Susquehanna.
Eczema symptoms and severity vary from person to person, as well as between different parts of the body.
Common signs and symptoms of eczema include:
- Dry, scaly skin
- Cracked skin
- Small raised bumps on the skin
- Oozing and crusting areas
- Red, inflamed skin
- Red, scaly patches on the skin, which can also appear brown or gray
- Skin infections from scratching or rubbing
Eczema can appear anywhere on your body, but it most usually appears on the:
- Elbows and knees
- Upper chest
- Infants may also develop eczema on the face or scalp.
Causes of Eczema
Eczema can develop at any age; however, about 95 percent of people show symptoms before they’re five years old. The causes of eczema are unknown, but it is thought that genetic mutations may play a role in the development of eczema. Doctors also believe eczema may stem from allergies, skin irritations, bacterial infections and defects in the skin’s innate ability to protect itself.
Some risk factors for developing eczema include:
- Family history of eczema, allergies or asthma
- Bacterial skin infections
- Living in a dry climate
- Extended exposure to environmental pollution
- Irritants, such as harsh soaps
- Seasonal temperature changes
Eczema Treatment at UPMC Susquehanna
The treatment of eczema flare-ups focus on reducing your discomfort and limiting exposure to what may be triggering your eczema.
Eczema treatment may include:
- Antibiotics, if the flare-up is caused by an infection
- Creams or ointments to reduce inflammation and irritation
- Light therapy applied directly to the affected skin
- Oral drugs (pills) to reduce itching
- Stress management
- Wet dressings to protect the skin and ease discomfort
For severe cases of eczema, a doctor may recommend oral or intravenous (IV) medications to reduce inflammation in the body.
Dermatology Office Locations
Contact one of our dermatology offices:
Dermatology at UPMC Susquehanna at Rural Ave
699 Rural Avenue, Suite 201
Williamsport, PA 17701
(570) 321-3122 (Fax)
Dermatology at UPMC Susquehanna at Grampian Blvd
1205 Grampian Boulevard,Suite 1D
Williamsport, PA 17701
(570) 320-7882 (Fax)
UPMC Susquehanna’s dermatologists are dedicated to providing people of all ages with exceptional care to treat eczema symptoms in Williamsport, PA, and the surrounding areas.