Eczema Specialist

Hawaii Dermatology & Surgery, Inc.

Dermatology located in Aiea, HI & Honolulu, HI

Nearly 32 million people in the United States have eczema. Though the type and severity of symptoms vary, many people with eczema find that their dry, itchy rash affects their quality of life. At Hawaii Dermatology & Surgery, Inc., with a main office in Aiea and a satellite office in Honolulu, Hawaii, William Wong Sr., MD, and the experienced team specialize in diagnosing and treating eczema. To get relief from your eczema symptoms, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Eczema Q&A

What is eczema?

Eczema, also known as dermatitis, refers to a group of skin conditions that cause inflamed, dry, and often itchy rashes on the skin. Eczema is very common and affects people of all ages.

Though symptoms vary depending on eczema type, many people with eczema experience some type of itch. Scratching the rash worsens the skin condition and the itch. 

Eczema is a long-term condition that may improve or worsen over time. 

What are the types of eczema?

There are seven types of eczema:

Atopic dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is the most common type of eczema and often develops during childhood. It causes an itchy rash that flares up on a regular basis.  

Contact dermatitis

Contact dermatitis occurs when your skin comes in contact with a substance that triggers an allergic reaction. This type of eczema usually causes an itchy rash, but may also cause burning or blistering of your skin. 

Dyshidrotic dermatitis

With dyshidrotic dermatitis, you develop itchy, painful blisters on your hands or feet. 

Nummular dermatitis 

Nummular dermatitis causes coin-shaped rashes that itch or burn. 

Seborrheic dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis usually develops on parts of the body that have a lot of sebaceous (oil-producing) glands, including the back, nose, and scalp. 

Stasis dermatitis

Poor circulation in your lower legs causes stasis dermatitis. With this type of eczema, you may develop swelling and skin discoloration in your lower legs.

Neurodermatitis 

Neurodermatitis is similar to atopic dermatitis. However, the itchy rash usually only affects one or two patches of skin. 

How is eczema treated?

The team at Hawaii Dermatology & Surgery, Inc. conducts an in-depth clinical exam to determine the best treatment. Your treatment plan depends on the type of eczema you have and the severity of your symptoms.

Your eczema treatment plan may include:

  • A personalized skin care regimen
  • Medications to control itching and inflammation
  • Dermatologist-approved skin creams
  • Avoiding eczema triggers like stress and allergens

Hawaii Dermatology & Surgery, Inc. also offers phototherapy to treat certain types of eczema. The team uses two types of phototherapy: narrowband ultraviolet B (UVB) phototherapy to treat the whole body and the excimer laser, which targets only affected tissue.

To get relief from your eczema, call Hawaii Dermatology & Surgery, Inc. or book an appointment online today.