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Eczema, Skin Allergy, and Other Medical Dermatology 2017-07-12T19:38:01+00:00

Eczema, Skin Allergy, and Other Medical Dermatology

Eczema is a word that literally means “irritated skin,” and can be used to denote temporary or persistent conditions. For some people, though, eczema becomes a chronic condition that requires medical management by a dermatologist.

Our Team of Board Certified Dermatologists at The Dermatology and Laser Group is expert at finding potential causes of your eczema, and managing your symptoms with both over the counter and prescription remedies.

For some patients, eczema can easily be managed and minimized without the use of prescription medications. The National Eczema Association provides the following checklist for preventing eczema outbreaks:

  • Reduce your stress load
  • Moisturize every day.
  • Wear cotton or soft fabrics. Avoid rough, scratchy fibers and tight clothing.
  • Take lukewarm baths and showers, using mild soap or non-soap cleanser
  • Gently pat your skin dry with a soft towel – do not rub.
  • Apply a moisturizer within 3 minutes after bathing to “lock in” moisture.
  • When possible, avoid rapid changes of temperature and activities that make you sweat.
  • Learn your eczema triggers and avoid them.
  • Use a humidifier in dry or cold weather.
  • Keep your fingernails short to help keep scratching from breaking the skin.
  • Some people with allergies find it helps to remove carpets from their house, and give pets dander treatments.

For some patients finding potential triggers for their eczema such as product ingredients that they are allergic to can be life changing. At the Dermatology and Laser Group, we provide Allergy Patch Testing for appropriate patients to try and find potential triggers that can be exacerbating their eczema.

Contact Dermatitis and Allergy Patch Frequently Asked Questions

We perform allergy patch testing in our office in midtown Manhattan. There is no need to visit any outside laboratories or offices, providing a convenient and thorough analysis of allergens with as little disruption to your schedule as possible.
Allergy patch testing is a method for determining the substance that causes a skin rash. Dermatologists perform allergy patch testing, while allergists perform scratch and prick testing. Our patch testing does not involve any needles, poking, or prodding. Instead, allergy patch testing involves small patches of allergens being applied and secured to your body (we usually use the back, as it is a convenient, large, flat surface). Allergic reactions to these allergens are then read at specific intervals to determine what you react to, and how strong that reaction is.
During patch testing, we apply panels of allergens to your skin, which are left in place for two days. We perform an initial reading when the tapes are removed, and a subsequent reading 1-2 days later.

Allergy patch testing occurs over the course of one week, during which you will have 3 appointments (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). Your first 2 appointments will be quick as patches are placed and removed, and readings taken. Your final appointment on Friday will be longer, as the results of your test will be discussed, as well as treatment and prevention of skin allergies.

If you’re suffering from contact dermatitis, you surely want to know the cause, so you can prevent future reactions. It’s likely that you have come in contact with something to which you have developed an allergy. Sometimes allergens are easily determined, like most cases of poison ivy. In other cases, we need to do some tests to figure it out.
After your allergy patch test, we’ll provide you with a report explaining which products and substances are safe for you to use. You’ll take small steps to change your lifestyle and avoid your allergens. Within a few months, your skin rash should improve or subside completely.

Other Medical Dermatology:

Our Board Certified Dermatologists are experts at treating the full spectrum of dermatologic conditions including rosacea, psoriasis, mole removal, warts, sexually transmitted diseases, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), cysts, melanoma, skin tags, skin infections, and more.

Contact us to make an appointment today!

Dermatology and Laser Group Testimonials

Came here to see Dr. Akhavan and the experience from start to finish was more than I could hope for. From the moment I booked the appointment I could tell the office is extremely well organized and thoughtful towards their patients’ needs…
Doug R., ( Via Yelp )
I cannot recommend Dr. Akhavan’s practice enough. Dr. Akhavan answers all my questions, no matter how dumb. Unlike my last dermatologist, I felt that they listened to me and allowed me to have input on decisions regarding my health care…
Patricia O., ( Via Yelp )
Dr Akhavan is an outstanding dermatologist. I went in for a skin check and he discovered an abnormal mole. Note that I was 8 months pregnant at the time…
Anda B., ( Via Yelp )
Dr. Akhavan came highly recommended by my close friend and colleague. Although I trust my friend’s word, I still checked the doc out on Yelp. As of today, Dr. Akhavan only has FIVE STAR reviews and you know what? Everything everyone says about him is true!…
Helen L., ( Via Yelp )
Dr. Akhavan was prompt, courteous and informative. I went on the day of snowpocalypse 2014. It didn’t matter, the doctor and his staff were in the office ready for my visit…
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