Eczema Specialist

Anh Dang-Vu, MD, PC -  - Dermatologist

Herndon Dermatology

Anh Dang-Vu, MD, PC

Dermatologist located in Herndon, VA & Falls Church, VA

Eczema can afflict children, adolescents, and adults alike. In Herndon and Falls Church, Virginia, Dr. Anh Dang-Vu is an eczema specialist dedicated to helping patients of all ages manage eczema and prevent flare-ups. At Herndon Dermatology, Dr. Dang-Vu provides effective treatments, from topical medications to anti-inflammatories and biologics. She also guides you on lifestyle changes and helps to identify triggers that could be exacerbating your skin condition. Call or book your consultation online to get your eczema under control.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema is a condition that causes red, itchy skin. It’s common in children, but it can occur at any age. It’s a long-lasting, chronic condition that goes through periodic flares.

In some cases, eczema can come along with asthma or hay fever.

What are the symptoms of eczema?

The symptoms of eczema vary, but can include:

  • Itching
  • Dry skin
  • Raw, sensitive, and swollen skin
  • Small, raised lumps that can leak fluid
  • Thickened, cracked, scaly skin that’s a different texture to surrounding skin

Red patches often appear on the hands, feet, ankles, neck, wrists, chest, eyelids, elbows and knees. In infants, eczema can commonly be seen on the face and scalp.

Eczema usually begins before age five and it can continue into adolescence and even adulthood. For some people, they can experience periods of inactivity where there are no flares for years at a time.

What causes eczema?

Eczema is associated with a gene variation that inhibits your skin’s ability to adequately retain moisture and provide necessary protection from bacteria, allergens, and irritants.

This means that your skin is more susceptible and more affected by environmental factors and external elements.

In some children, eczema is said to be linked to food allergies.

The main risk factor for eczema is having a personal family history of the skin condition or of associated conditions, such as allergies, hay fever, or asthma.

What are the treatments for eczema?

Eczema can be difficult to treat, and you might need to try different treatments over time to find the best way to control it.

Treatments offered at Herndon Dermatology include topical medications, antibiotic creams for a short time period to fight any bacterial infection, anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, and biologics that aim to suppress your immune system’s inflammatory response.

It’s also helpful to moisturize your skin at least twice a day. Consult with Dr. Dang-Vu to find appropriate treatment methods for your eczema.

Dr. Dang-Vu works with you to try to identify and avoid triggers that can exacerbate your condition, such as stress, detergents, and certain skin products. Use gentle soaps and be gentle with your skin, drying carefully with a soft towel and washcloth.

If you or your family have eczema, visit Herndon Dermatology for medical care to manage your eczema. Call one of the two offices or book here on the website.

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