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Eczema Specialist

Douglas Altchek, MD -  - Dermatologist

Altchek Dermatology

Douglas Altchek, MD

Dermatologist located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

As a top dermatologist in New York City, Dr. Altchek provides the most advanced and effective treatment for Upper East Side patients suffering from eczema and other rashes and skin allergies.

Eczema and Treatment of Common Skin Allergies

What is eczema?

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a common skin condition that causes itchy, dry, red skin that often forms scaly patches. Eczema occurs most commonly in children, clearing up with age, but it can also occur or recur in adults. Studies have also shown it tends to occur more frequently in people with allergies and asthma.

What kinds of skin symptoms can allergies cause?

Allergies can cause an array of skin symptoms, including:

  • hives

  • swelling

  • angioedema (swelling under the skin or in the throat and mouth)

  • itching

  • redness

  • flaking or scaling

Over time and especially if the area is repeatedly irritated or scratched, the affected skin may become hard and leathery. Skin symptoms are often accompanied by other symptoms, like itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing or wheezing.

How can Dr. Altchek determine what's causing my skin reaction?

Dr. Altchek will begin with a comprehensive examination of your skin and a discussion of when the symptoms first appeared. In cases of eczema, an exam is usually sufficient to make a diagnosis. When an allergy is suspected, Dr. Altchek may use skin tests or other methods to help determine the specific cause of the reaction so it can be properly treated.

How are skin allergies and dermatitis treated?

Eczema can often be effectively treated by avoiding habits that can dry skin, such as long, hot showers or baths, use of mild soaps and regular application of moisturizers. Reducing stress may help avoid flareups. When these steps aren't enough to provide relief, topical creams and antihistamines may be used. In some severe cases, UV therapy or prescription-strength moisturizers may be helpful. For skin allergies, the best way to control symptoms is to avoid the allergen. Topical creams and antihistamines can also be used to reduce symptoms, and when reactions are severe, corticosteroid injections may be necessary.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Dr. Altchek accepts most major insurance providers.

Advocate Health Care
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Motion Picture Industry Health Plan
Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)