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Atopic Dermatitis/ Eczema in Seattle, WA

I was very pleased to have their office accommodate me since I was a new patient and got to see the doctor that week once I had my referral. Staff is awesome. Dr. Wu gave me the correct cream to heal my eczema and within two days my skin was back to normal. I would recommend this office to anyone who has skin issues. – JULIE B. M.

Eczema can be a stressful, and at times, painful condition to deal with. At North Sound Dermatology, we take great care in addressing your symptoms and finding the best solution for you. We offer eczema treatment for patients in Seattle, Everett, and the surrounding areas. 

Atopic dermatitis, also referred to as eczema, is a common skin condition that causes inflammation, swelling, or irritation of the skin. While not contagious, it can worsen and cause discomfort if scratched at. Fortunately, since eczema is a common condition, it can be quickly dealt with through a number of different treatments.

What Causes Eczema?

A family history of eczema is a common cause of the condition, as it makes you more likely to develop it. In addition to that, the following can cause eczema:

  • Stress
  • Perspiration
  • Climate
  • Animal dander
  • Irritants (soaps, lotions, detergents)
  • Overreaction to environmental triggers

What are the Different Types of Eczema?

There are several different types of eczema that are further characterized by specific causes or locations of the flare-ups. These types include:

  • Atopic Dermatitis – Eczema that usually begins during childhood. It typically afflicts the face, arms and legs.
  • Contact Dermatitis – Caused by irritating substances touching or rubbing against the skin, contact dermatitis usually affects the area (such as the hands) that touched the irritant.
  • Dyshidrotic Eczema – This condition causes small blisters on the edge of the feet and hands. It can be triggered by allergies or exposure to certain materials.
  • Neurodermatitis – An inflammation caused by repeated scratching and itching. It occurs most commonly on the head, forearms and lower legs.
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis – This form of eczema appears on particularly oily parts of the body, such as the nose, upper back, or scalp. Unlike other forms of eczema, this is not a result of allergies. It can cause greasy skin and yellowish flakes, which differs from other forms of eczema.
  • Stasis Dermatitis – This form of eczema, also known as varicose eczema, appears on the lower legs and is related to circulation and vein problems.

How is Eczema Treated?

Due to the number of different forms of eczema, treatment will differ from person to person depending on their symptoms and the type of eczema to be treated. Topical creams or shampoos are often used to treat such conditions. In extreme cases, oral antifungal agents or phototherapy may be used.

If it’s time to take control of your eczema, contact us today to schedule your consultation. We offer treatment to those in Seattle, Everett, and the surrounding areas. Learn more about our insurance policy.