Eczema Specialist

Dermatology Center of Northwest Houston

Dermatologists located in Cypress, TX

Up to 20% of kids and 3% of adults in the U.S. suffer the itchy, scaly, oozy, or blistery skin of eczema flares. You can get relief from the discomfort and embarrassment of eczema rashes from Lisa Hitchins, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at the family-friendly Dermatology Center of Northwest Houston in Cypress, Texas. If you live in the Cypress and Houston areas, contact Dr. Hitchins for individually tailored eczema treatment by phoning her warm, understanding staff or booking a consultation online.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema refers to a group of non-contagious medical conditions that result in inflamed, irritated, and itchy skin. Eczema is most common in children under the age of 10, who usually grow out of it. However, you can have eczema at any age.

You also can have more than one type of eczema at the same time. The types of eczema are:

  • Atopic dermatitis: often inherited and may occur along with asthma and hay fever (allergic rhinitis)
  • Contact dermatitis: caused by contact with irritants or allergens, such as skincare products, wool, or solvents
  • Dyshidrotic eczema: small, itchy blisters on edges of fingers, toes, palms, and soles
  • Nummular eczema: itchy, coin-shaped spots; difficult to treat
  • Seborrheic dermatitis: dry, flaky areas on oily regions, such as upper back, nose, and scalp (dandruff)
  • Stasis dermatitis: excess pressure in veins due to poor circulation causes fluid leakage, swelling, and other symptoms in lower legs

Why did I get eczema?

Nobody knows the exact cause of eczema. Researchers believe that eczema is triggered by a combination of genetic and environmental factors that cause your body to initiate an inflammatory immune response. Inflammation is at the root of most eczema symptoms.

How can I tell if I have eczema?

Dr. Hitchins evaluates your skin and medical history to determine if you have eczema. The different types of eczema cause an array of symptoms, some of which overlap. The most common symptoms include:

  • Itching
  • Red rash
  • Cracked or scaly skin
  • Crusted, weeping, or oozing sores or blisters
  • Burning or swelling
  • Flaking skin
  • Pain
  • White or yellowing crusty flakes

How do dermatologists treat eczema?

Dr. Hitchins individualizes treatment based on your eczema types and severity. You might be able to control your eczema with lifestyle modifications, including moisturizing your skin, limiting stress, and avoiding triggers, such as allergens and temperature changes.

Other therapies that can help include:

  • Cyclosporine for non-responsive cases
  • Hydrocortisone or corticosteroid lotions, ointments, and creams (control inflammation)
  • Antihistamines and tar treatments (control itching)
  • Antibiotics (kill any involved bacteria)
  • Topical immunomodulators (use with caution; not appropriate under age 2 years)

Don’t hide or scratch your eczema: Get relief from Dr. Hitchins and her team of expert associates at Dermatology Center of Northwest Houston. You can phone the friendly team or use the online booking form.