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If you or a loved one has rough, itchy, red, and uncomfortable patches of skin, it could be because of a condition called eczema. At Allergy, Asthma, Bronchitis, and Immunology Associates in Irvine and Fountain Valley, California, board-certified allergist Bruce Friedman, MD, and his exceptional staff diagnose and treat eczema to improve the appearance of your skin and alleviate discomfort. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today. 

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a common skin condition that causes itchy and red skin. It commonly occurs in kids, but eczema can develop at any age. Its symptoms could be long-lasting or come and go periodically. Treatment with Dr. Friedman can reduce unpleasant symptoms.

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Common symptoms you may notice with eczema include:

  • Skin redness
  • Itchy skin
  • Dry skin
  • Brown or gray skin patches
  • Small raised bumps on your skin
  • Scaly, thickened, or cracked skin
  • Raw or sensitive skin

Your skin may be tender or swollen from scratching it too much. Eczema often occurs in young children and could persist into the teenage years or adulthood. 

Complications that can develop with untreated eczema include skin infections, difficulty sleeping, and a poor quality of life. 

What are the risk factors for eczema?

Eczema is common and can happen to anyone, but some factors increase your risk of developing it. Examples include having allergies, a family history of eczema, and personal or family history of asthma.

Ways to reduce eczema flare-ups include keeping your skin moisturized at least twice a day and avoiding flare-up triggers, such as some soaps, detergents, stress, and certain foods.

How does my provider diagnose eczema?

To find out if you have eczema, the experts at Allergy, Asthma, Bronchitis, and Immunology Associates discuss your medical history and symptoms with you along with examination of your skin.

How is eczema treated?

Common treatments that help reduce eczema flare-ups include:

Lifestyle changes

If you have eczema, keep your skin moisturized. Use a humidifier if your provider asks you to and keep stress levels low. Avoid harsh skincare products that irritate your skin.


Applying topical medications to targeted areas of your skin can reduce unpleasant eczema symptoms. Some oral medications also aid in symptom relief.

Wet dressings

Applying dressings to your skin wrapped over topical medicines can improve the health of your skin and reduce eczema symptoms. 

Don’t live with dry, itchy, and rough skin patches due to eczema when you don’t have to. Schedule an appointment with Allergy, Asthma, Bronchitis, and Immunology Associates by phone or online for relief today.