Eczema/Atopic Dermatitis Specialist

Miracle Mile Pediatrics -  - Pediatrician

Miracle Mile Pediatrics

Pediatricians located in Miracle Mile, Los Angeles, CA

Also called atopic dermatitis, eczema in children can cause itching, irritation and even infection if not treated properly. Dr. Asnani offers pediatric patients throughout the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA, cutting-edge care for eczema, relieving symptoms while also reducing the risk of serious skin infections.

Eczema/Atopic Dermatitis

What is eczema?

Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes red, irritated and itchy patches of skin. These patches can easily bleed and crack when rubbed or scratched, making them a prime target for pathogens that cause serious skin infections. Sometimes, the patchy areas can weep or ooze and crust over.  Also called atopic dermatitis, eczema occurs most commonly among children, clearing up by adulthood, but sometimes, adults may experience a recurrence of the condition. Without proper and continuing care, repeated rubbing and scratching can cause the skin in the affected areas to develop a hardened, leathery texture, a condition called lichen simplex chronicus.

How is eczema diagnosed?

In most cases, eczema can be diagnosed accurately with a simple visual examination of the skin combined with a complete patient history. In a few cases, a small skin sample may be taken for further evaluation in a lab to rule out other conditions that may cause similar symptoms.

Is eczema contagious?

No, eczema is not contagious, which means you cannot "catch" eczema from another person, nor can you transmit it to someone else.

What causes eczema?

The specific underlying cause of eczema isn't completely understood, but researchers think the immune system may play a role, and they also know children with a family history of eczema or those with a personal or family history of allergies or asthma are more likely to develop eczema. Symptoms can become worse in response to certain exposures or "triggers," like:

  • Perspiration
  • Sudden or extreme changes in temperature
  • Chronic or acute stress
  • Contact with irritating substances like detergents, soaps, shampoos and cleaning products
  • Overdrying of the skin that can occur as a result of long, hot showers or baths

How is eczema treated?

One of the best ways to prevent eczema flare-ups is to try to avoid triggers. That an include eliminating harsh or irritating soaps, shampoos and detergents, and avoiding hot showers or long baths. Using moisturizers regularly can also help relieve symptoms. For symptoms that are more severe, prescription oral or topical medications may be prescribed, and light therapy may prove beneficial.

Insurance

Below is a list of the insurance providers that our practice accepts. Please call our office if you have any questions.

Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross
Assurant Health
Blue Shield
Cigna
Health Net
Motion Picture Industry Health Plan
Oscar Health Insurance Co.
UnitedHealthcare