Is it atopic dermatitis? Other types of eczema? Accurate diagnosis key to relief from an itchy rash

Restore the health and attractive appearance of your itching, dry, red, and flaky skin at Ginsburg Dermatology Center. Dr. Barry Ginsburg is a pioneer in the field, having launched one of the country’s first medical spas more than 40 years ago. Dr. Ginsburg also introduced Birmingham, Alabama residents to leading aesthetic treatments for spider veins and signs of aging. So, you can trust that your skin is in safe, experienced, and competent hands. 

Atopic dermatitis explained 

Eczema describes a class of conditions that cause skin irritation and inflammationThese conditions include atopic dermatitis (AD). At Ginsburg Dermatology, we are experienced at accurately diagnosing AD and differentiating it from other forms of eczema or other skin conditions with similar symptoms, such as psoriasis, rosacea, acne, or ringworm. Dr. Ginsburg has established himself as a leading authority in treating all skin ailments  So, there is peace of mind that your symptoms will be accurately diagnosed. Accurate diagnosis leads to treatment options that work and resolve symptoms over the long term. 

AD is characterized by:

  • Often intense itching 
  • Red discoloration 
  • Swelling 
  • Cracked, crusty skin

AD is often distinguished from other types of eczema as its symptoms are long-lasting or chronic. Additionally, while itchy rashes and inflammation associated with AD can develop anywhere, the eyelids, hands, neck, and skin folds (where the elbows and knees bend) tend to be affected first. These symptoms differ from contact dermatitis, another type of eczema that produces short-term irritation, such as blisters and a burning or stinging sensation. This form of eczema can be avoided by identifying “triggers” or allergens responsible for symptoms. Common irritants include latex, fragrances, metals, and preservatives. 

Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) - Article by Dr. Ginsburg

Treating atopic dermatitis 

If Dr. Ginsburg determines that AD is to blame for your lasting and potentially damaging symptoms, he may find that irritants such as wool and synthetic fibers, or harsh soaps, are triggering inflammation. Avoidance and lifestyle modifications, such as applying moisturizer consistently after showering, go a long way to reduce flares’ frequency and ease the severity of flare-ups. Our dermatologist also has considerable expertise in recommending cleansers and other skincare products tailored to your needs and that lock in natural oils (rather than strip them from your skin!). If symptoms persist, he may prescribe topical or systemic medications to fight inflammation and relieve disruptive rashes.  For a more detailed discussion of atopic dermatitis you can click on this link to our  magazine.“

Our center also has an array of non-invasive therapies, including photo (light-based) therapy to improve the appearance, feel, and health of skin affected by atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, neurodermatitis, stasis dermatitis, and numerous other skin conditions. These treatments may be combined with recommended OTC products or prescription medications. Feel better in your skin and about how your skin looks. Contact Ginsburg Dermatology Center at (205) 209-4780 to book your personalized consultation at our Birmingham location, proudly serving Mountain Brook, Trussville, Pell City, Anniston, and the surrounding region. For your convenience, you may also request an appointment online.