Eczema Skin Specialist, Waynesboro, VA Dermatologist, Dr. Keith Knoell
Serving Waynesboro, Staunton, Lexington and Harrisonburg, VA
Here at Valley Dermatology, Dr. Knoell sees people from infants to senior citizens with eczema, or atopic dermatitis. Although infants, toddlers, and school age children are our most frequent patients.
With over 17 years of practice experience here in the Shenandoah Valley, Dr. Knoell has the skills and expertise to diagnose and treat your eczema.
Not only that, the entire staff at Valley Dermatology goes out of their way to provide you with the care and individual attention you deserve.
When patients come into our office, they have many questions about eczema. We thought it might be handy to have a list of our most frequently asked questions.
FAQ's About Eczema and Treating Eczema
What Is Atopic Dermatitis or Eczema?
It’s a chronic skin condition that is itchy. Eczema is very common among children, but we also see adults with it. Children with a family history of asthma, eczema, or hay fever are particularly susceptible to the disorder.
Who Is Most Likely To Get Eczema?
About 15-20% of children are affected by eczema, so they are more prone to it. Eczema does not usually appear before the age of four months.
Between the ages of two and four, however, eczema tends to reach a peak and then generally improve or clear completely by the teen years.
However, adults can develop it later in life. Certain occupations can aggravate eczema such as hairdressing, farming, domestic and industrial cleaning, care giving that requires exposure to irritants and allergens, and domestic duties.
Adults with eczema may have a diffuse pattern with the skin drier and more lichen-like than children. It’s common for the appearance of eczema to appear on the hands, flexures, nipples, eyelids, or on all of these areas.
What Causes Eczema?
There isn’t any one known cause for eczema. Dermatologists speculate that it is more than one condition.
How Do I Know If I Have Eczema?
Eczema varies in appearance from person to person. During a flare up, the area is inflamed and red. Sometimes it is also marked by blistery and weepy patches. When the condition is not active, the skin may appear normal.
Chronic eczema sufferers have skin that is dry, thick, and itchy. The absolute best way to know you have eczema is to consult with Dr. Knoell.
How Do You Treat Atopic Eczema?
First and foremost, you must reduce your exposure to your eczema triggers. Using emollient moisturizers and topical steroids also helps.
If the eczema is more severe, getting help from a board certified dermatologist like Dr. Knoell is highly recommended. He can prescribe the medication you need to get the relief you want.
We won’t let you go it alone with eczema. Please call us today! 540-221-6702