Eczema in Naperville, IL

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Eczema or atopic dermatitis affects more than 30 million Americans, from infants to adults. The common skin condition can present as inflammation, discoloration, and itchy, rash-like patches on the skin very similar to dermatitis. Depending on the severity of the condition, the affected skin areas can become thickened and scaly. This can occur anywhere on your body, including the hands, neck, face, or other areas. Eczema is related to a gene variation that affects the skin’s ability to provide its own protection. The weakened skin barrier allows the skin to be easily affected by certain irritants and allergens as well as environmental factors. An underlying genetic predisposition can trigger eczema when there is a change in humidity, exposure to prolonged dryness, stress, and/or other external factors such as the use of certain detergents, soaps, or clothing materials. Patients with eczema may exhibit one or several symptoms, which can often be mistaken for psoriasis. At Oak Dermatology, located in Naperville, Itasca, and Joliet, IL, our trained eyes will diagnose your condition accurately before prescribing an effective treatment program for you.

Atopic dermatitis is a specific type of eczema characterized by chronic inflammation of the skin that leads to itching, redness, and the formation of dry, scaly patches. Eczema, on the other hand, is a broader term encompassing various skin disorders marked by inflammation, itching, and a rash-like appearance. Atopic dermatitis is associated with a genetic predisposition and an overactive immune response to environmental triggers. Individuals with atopic dermatitis may experience flare-ups triggered by factors like allergens, stress, or changes in weather. While atopic dermatitis is a specific subset of eczema linked to allergic tendencies, eczema as a whole encompasses a range of conditions with diverse causes, including genetics, environmental factors, and immune system responses.

Eczema treatment at Oak Dermatology begins with meeting one of our eczema specialists. Mild eczema can usually be treated by avoiding suspected environmental and external triggers and using over-the-counter products like hydrocortisone and Benadryl. In some cases, prescription drugs, like immunomodulators, steroid creams, or oral steroids may be used for treatment. In severe cases, the use of biological injections may be prescribed with very effective and rapid results. Consistent moisturizing with the appropriate medical-grade skincare products, and showering with the proper soap are highly encouraged for those with eczema. Our provider can walk you through step-by-step daily management once the skin condition has been assessed. Eczema is a chronic condition and does not have a cure, however following detailed, customized plans from our dermatologists will allow for the successful management of eczema.

I recently had a severe case of hand eczema, which of course, I tried to treat on my own (big mistake). When I finally gave in and looked for a dermatologist, I ended up calling Oak. This was the best decision I have ever made. I was a bit nervous when I arrived but was immediately calmed by the team that took care of me. Nancy was so sweet, taking all my information and charting everything before Stephanie came in. Not only did Stephanie get my issues under control, but she put my mind at ease. Reassuring me that although I was a "hot mess" there was hope for She gave me and oral and topical prescription and asked me to return in two weeks. Upon returning, I was happily wearing my rings again and was no longer embarrassed by my unsightly hands. Thank you Stephanie, Nancy and Megan!!! YOU ARE THE BEST!!!

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Dr. Hsu is fantastic. From eczema to Perioral Dermatitis to Kybella, everything he has done for me has been phenomenal. I’m so fortunate to have him as my dermatologist!

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Dr. Hsu is fantastic. From eczema to Perioral Dermatitis to Kybella, everything he has done for me has been phenomenal. I’m so fortunate to have him as my dermatologist!

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Its always a great experience at Oak Dermatology. The staff are very friendly. Dr. Nour Al-Hadidi is amazing, right when I thought my eczema will never get better, she made it happen! She's always on point with her diagnosis even when it comes to bacterias I could have picked from hotels during business travel! I highly recommend her for any kind of skin issues, as she's the absolute best!

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Dr. Hsu is fantastic. From eczema to Perioral Dermatitis to Kybella, everything he has done for me has been phenomenal. I’m so fortunate to have him as my dermatologist!

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Oak Dermatology offers a multilevel treatment process that includes detection, prevention, and therapy that not only allows you to manage your eczema but also see a significant decline in symptoms. Find relief from your eczema-related symptoms now at our Naperville, Itasca, or Joliet, IL office today.

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Is there a cure for eczema?

Eczema is a chronic condition that will not generally go away without treatment. At Oak Dermatology, our experienced team focuses on high-quality treatments for eczema, and can advise about the ideal treatment for your needs. With proper and reliable treatment, eczema and its symptoms may be diminished within several weeks.

Is eczema contagious?

No, eczema cannot be passed from person to person. However, if you have eczema in one region of your body, it can spread to additional areas. As a result, seeking treatment as soon as possible is vital to avoid transferring it to other parts of your body.

What triggers eczema to flare up?

Stress and anxiety might trigger an eczema flare-up. It's possible for both to produce an inflammatory reaction in the body, causing eczema. Other normal eczema triggers involve cleaning agents (i.e., detergents and soaps), air allergens, winter weather, and particular clothing materials.

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