Eczema Specialist

Sherwin Hariri, MD, FAAAAI, FACAAI -  - Allergist

Beverly Hills Allergy

Sherwin Hariri, MD, FAAAAI, FACAAI

Allergist & Immunologist located in Beverly Hills, CA

As a leading allergist in the Greater Los Angeles area, Dr. Hariri provides safe, effective treatments for patients suffering from the annoying symptoms of eczema so they can find relief from itching, scaling and other issues.

Eczema Q&A

What are the symptoms of eczema?

The most common symptoms associated with eczema include raised pinkish patches of dry skin that can itch, flake, weep and eventually become crusty. Symptoms can vary from person to person, and they typically become much worse during “flareups.” Eczema is also called Atopic Dermatitis.

What causes eczema?

Eczema occurs when the skin becomes inflamed, but the underlying cause of the condition is not known. Studies indicate the immune system plays an important role. Eczema is not contagious, and it occurs most often in children, sometimes recurring later in life. It can also occur in adults who did not have eczema during childhood.

How is eczema treated?

First, if you have eczema, avoid scratching which can cause it to bleed and result in infection. Often, changes in lifestyle habits can reduce flareups and prevent some symptoms from occurring. One of the most important things you can do to find relief from symptoms is to ensure skin stays moist. In general, people with eczema should:

  • avoid long, hot baths that can dry skin

  • use plenty of moisturizer

  • try to reduce stress

  • use mild soaps and laundry detergents

When lifestyle changes don't provide relief, Dr. Hariri may prescribe topical creams or ointments to moisturize the skin and help prevent irritation. In some cases, UV therapy may also help. Antihistamines can be used to reduce some symptoms like skin itching, but when the symptoms are extremely severe, you may need to turn to corticosteroid injections to find relief.

How is eczema diagnosed?

In most cases, eczema can be diagnosed from a simple examination of the affected areas of your skin during an office visit. Be sure to tell Dr. Hariri if you suffer from asthma or allergies, since studies indicate eczema is more likely to occur in people with these conditions.

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