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Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, affects people of all ages and skin types, from infants well into adulthood. Many people with eczema have other “atopic” conditions like asthma or hay fever. All three are linked, but not everyone has all three conditions. At LM Medical NYC, our board certified dermatologist, Dr. Morgan, offers atopic dermatitis, or eczema, treatment at our medical facility in Manhattan.

Eczema is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. “Atopic” tendencies combined with skin abnormalities can result in more irritation by common environmental factors, including certain soaps, temperature and other triggers. Atopic dermatitis affects children more than adults, and many cases of childhood eczema go away on their own by adulthood.

Symptoms of Eczema

Eczema has different symptoms, depending on the age of the individual. Infants with atopic dermatitis typically have red, dry scaly patches on their cheeks that itch and may be uncomfortable. Toddlers have eczema move to the outside of their joints, with thicker, drier patches. School-age children may have eczema patches on their elbows and knees, as well as coin-sized red, itchy patches all over the body.

For adults with atopic dermatitis, the affected areas are thicker and leathery compared to childhood symptoms. Common areas affected for adults include the hands, knees/elbows, chest/nipples and eyelids.

Atopic dermatitis/eczema treatment plans should be tailored to the patient based on their age, medical history, skin condition and other factors. World-renowned dermatologist Dr. Morgan can use her expertise to devise a treatment plan to improve the health and appearance of the skin to promote healing and comfort. This can include oral and topical medications, lifestyle changes and other treatments.

If you or your child suffers from atopic dermatitis, contact us at LM Medical NYC. We can schedule an appointment to meet with skin expert Dr. Morgan or one of our dermatology team at our clinic in Greenwich Village.

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