Eczema Specialist

George M. Jayatilaka, M.D. Inc.

Family & Pediatrics located in Long Beach, CA

Eczema affects almost a third of the U.S. population. Close to 65% of those diagnosed with eczema develop symptoms before turning one, and nearly 90% of patients show signs before age five. Babies often outgrow eczema by age four. If you or your child have eczema, call the office, make an appointment online, or walk into George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. in Long Beach, California today.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Also called atopic dermatitis, eczema is a chronic, non-contagious inflammatory skin condition.

Doctors use the term eczema when referring to several similar skin conditions that cause your skin to look red and irritated with small, fluid-filled bumps that sometimes become moist and oozy. Other common symptoms include dry, itchy skin, and rashes.

Eczema can develop all over your body or in just a few places, often in response to allergens like pollen, mold, dust, animal dander, and some foods. While eczema isn't an allergy, allergies can trigger it. However, excessive heat and emotional stress also trigger outbreaks.

Those diagnosed with eczema are twice as likely to suffer from hay fever and asthma.

How is eczema diagnosed?

The doctors at George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. review you or your child’s medical history and examine the skin to diagnose eczema. While there is no lab test for eczema, patch and other testing help rule out other possible conditions:

  • Seborrheic dermatitis, or cradle cap in babies
  • Psoriasis: A genetic disease that causes your skin to become scaly and inflamed
  • Contact dermatitis: Direct skin contact with an irritating substance causes a reaction

How is eczema treated?

If moisturizing every day doesn’t help, the doctors at George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. prescribe medication to treat eczema.

  • Corticosteroid cream or ointment: Controls itching and helps repair your skin when applied after you moisturize
  • Calcineurin inhibitors: Affect your immune system and help control the skin reaction in those over the age of two
  • Antibiotic creams: Treat bacterial infection brought on through open sores or cracks in your skin
  • Oral drugs: Control inflammation and treat infections
  • Injectable biologic: Used on those who don’t respond well to other treatment options

How is eczema avoided?

If the doctors at George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. diagnose you with eczema, they recommend takings steps to avoid a flare-up. These include:

  • Avoiding scratching and taking antihistamines to reduce itching
  • Moisturizing your skin two to three times a day using ointments free of skin-irritating chemicals
  • Using a humidifier
  • Avoiding wool, lanolin strong soaps, and detergents
  • Trying to stay away from sudden body temperature changes and stress
  • Short, lukewarm baths or showers using gentle body washes and cleansers

If you’re itching from eczema, call, make an appointment online, or walk into George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. in Long Beach, California, today.