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Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a genetic autoimmune condition in which the immune system response to internal and external factors and irritants, such as soaps, clothing, extreme temperatures, and cold or hot weather. Eczema is usually marked by dry and red patches of skin that itch and tend to worsen when scratched. Patches of eczema occur most often on the body, arms, and legs, especially increase, like elbows and behind the knees, but it can appear anywhere on the body. In adults, the hands are most commonly involved.

If the skin is repeatedly scratched, the skin may become thick and coarse or become infected. There are many treatment options for treating eczema. To reduce the itching, your doctor may prescribe steroidal creams or antibiotics if an infection is present. Phototherapy or other treatments may also be recommended.

If you are suffering from symptoms of eczema, our Manhattan board-certified dermatologists can make a precise diagnosis and recommend the most advanced, effective treatments at our Upper East Side office. With the proper eczema treatment, your discomfort can be alleviated, and you can reduce the likelihood of flare-ups. Contact Goldenberg Dermatology’s New York City office to schedule a consultation, and get the smooth, clear skin you desire.