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Eczema Specialist

Yolanda C. Holmes, M.D. P.C.

Dermatology & Board-Certified Dermatologist located in Downtown, Washington, DC

Eczema and its dry, itchy rashes don’t have to be a part of your life. At her office in Washington, D.C., Yolanda C. Holmes, M.D. P.C., and her expert team provide eczema care for adults and children. If you or your child are living with uncomfortable eczema symptoms, don’t hesitate to call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema is an extremely common skin condition. Over 30 million people across the United States have eczema, meaning roughly one in 10 people struggles with this condition. Eczema makes your skin red, itchy, inflamed, and dry. 

A number of different skin conditions fall under the umbrella of eczema, including:

  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Nummular eczema
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Dyshidrotic eczema
  • Stasis dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis affects the most people. In fact, when many people talk about eczema, they’re often specifically referring to atopic dermatitis. 

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Symptoms vary from one type of eczema to the next, and from person to person. They also change with age. In children under the age of 2, eczema most commonly appears on the cheeks and scalp, for example. In adults, eczema often appears in skin creases. 

Wherever eczema affects you or your child, it affects your skin, causing symptoms like:

  • Itchiness
  • Rashes
  • Dryness
  • Dark or thickened patches of skin
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Oozing or crusting skin

In most cases, eczema symptoms flare as a result of exposure to environmental triggers. There might be irritants hiding in your soap, detergent, or foods that cause your symptoms to worsen. Stress, hormonal changes, allergies, and exposure to hot or cold temperatures can also contribute to increased symptoms. 

How is eczema treated?

It depends on the type of eczema affecting you or your child. To ensure you get the most targeted, effective treatment possible, your appointment at Yolanda C. Holmes, M.D. P.C., starts with a series of tests to diagnose your specific type of eczema.

Your provider works with you to give your skin relief. That usually includes specific home care directions, like using mild soap and moisturizing regularly, and topical or oral medication. Your provider also works with you to determine your eczema triggers so you can avoid them. Ultimately, they aim to help you get healthy, comfortable skin. 

If your child has eczema, the treatment process is the same. Throughout treatment to help your child find relief, the Yolanda C. Holmes, M.D. P.C., team works with your family. 

If you’re ready to put a stop to redness, itching, and dryness, call Yolanda C. Holmes, M.D. P.C., or make your appointment online today.