Eczema Specialist

Allergy and Asthma Specialists of Greater Washington

Allergy and Asthma Specialists located in Fairfax, VA & Gainesville, VA

Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is an allergic skin disease that can lead to a bothersome itchy and red rash. Our experts at Allergy and Asthma Specialists of Greater Washington can help diagnose and manage eczema. They offer individualized treatment plans so that you can take control of your eczema. Call or schedule an appointment online today with our providers at one of our locations in Fairfax, Gainesville, Vienna, Warrenton, Culpeper, or Front Royal to conquer your eczema.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?


Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is an allergic skin condition. It typically develops in childhood and causes a red, itchy, and sometimes scaly rash.

If you have eczema, you may be at an increased risk of developing other skin infections because the skin is dry, itchy, and easily injured.

Individuals with eczema have an increased chance of having other allergic conditions, such as allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, asthma, and food allergies.

What causes eczema?

Eczema is an allergic skin reaction. It is believed to be caused by your skin’s inability to hold in moisture. This reduces your natural protection against allergens, irritants, and bacteria resulting in dry and itchy skin.

Common allergens which can trigger eczema include dust, animal dander, pollens, and foods. Irritants can include extreme temperatures, chemicals found in skin products, household cleaners, and perfumes.

How is eczema diagnosed and managed?


Eczema is a clinical diagnosis. The experts at Allergy and Asthma Specialists of Greater Washington provide a thorough assessment including examination of the skin, details of other allergic conditions, and possible testing to identify triggers. Testing can include skin testing and/or blood work. An individualized treatment plan is then formulated.

Eczema treatment can include:

  • Avoidance measures
  • Moisturizing regimen, including over the counter and prescription creams and ointments
  • Oral medications to reduce the itch and inflammation
  • Immunotherapy (aka allergy shots)
  • Biologic medications for severe eczema

Eczema is often challenging to treat as what works for one patient may not work for another. Schedule your eczema evaluation at Allergy and Asthma Specialists of Greater Washington today. Book your visit by calling the most convenient location or using the online scheduler.