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What is Eczema and How Can You Treat It?

If you deal with flares of itchy, irritated skin, you have a lot of company. Up to 7% of American adults have atopic dermatitis. This condition, also known as eczema, causes uncomfortable rashes in response to various triggers. Treating atopic dermatitis can help control flare-ups and make life more comfortable. 

What is Atopic Dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis or eczema is a condition that causes itchy, uncomfortable rashes. While science has not determined the cause of this condition, several factors play a role. These include:

  • An immune system overreaction to an irritant
  • Problems with your skin’s natural barrier
  • A family or personal history of asthma or allergies

Eczema flares often happen in response to triggers. These include many household products, heat or cold, fabrics, and allergens. Your New York Skin & Vein Center team has the experience to help you manage your atopic dermatitis, so you have fewer, less severe symptoms. 

How Can You Treat Atopic Dermatitis or Eczema?

Treating this condition often requires using several different strategies. A combination of medication and at-home care can often bring considerable relief. 

Avoiding Triggers

Learning and avoiding your triggers can help control your atopic dermatitis. While you cannot avoid all triggers, many people find that their choice of products, such as soaps and detergents, can make a significant difference. We can help you identify and avoid triggers. 

At-Home Treatments

A regular schedule of bathing and moisturizing will help maintain your skin’s barrier and keep out irritants. You can also try over-the-counter corticosteroids. These must be used according to instructions, or they can weaken your skin. 


Your New York Skin & Vein team can prescribe various medications if you do not get enough relief from other treatments. We will work with you to find a medication that helps you achieve clear skin with minimal side effects. 

Consultations Available Now

The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with one of our highly trained providers at New York Skin & Vein Center located in Oneonta, NY, serving the surrounding New York City areas with additional offices in Norwich, Binghamton, and Cobleskill.

Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment. Your journey to a healthier, happier you can start today.

What Results Will I See From Atopic Dermatitis Treatment?

Each person responds differently to atopic dermatitis treatment. Your skin may not respond immediately to your efforts.  With consistency and patience, most people can achieve good control over their condition. We can help you identify triggers and develop a routine that can significantly improve the condition of your skin. 

Are There Any Side Effects With Atopic Dermatitis Treatment?

Some treatments for eczema can have side effects. Corticosteroids are a common ingredient in prescription and over-the-counter treatments. They are safe when used as directed, but over-use can make your skin thinner. Other topical and oral medications can also have side effects. We will discuss all your treatment options during your consultation and work with you to find the right ones.


*Individual Results May Vary

Dr. Dohner and his team strive to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses their practice for their aesthetic and vein needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Dohner and his team of expert providers at New York Skin & Vein Center in New York.

Take the Next Step

To schedule your in-person atopic dermatitis consultation, call New York Skin & Vein Centers at (607) 431-2525 or simply fill out the form on this page. We look forward to working with you.

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