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Florida Dermatologist FAQ’s: Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) Treatment


Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) Treatment

Eczema (atopic dermatitis) can develop in varying degrees of severity in different patients. For this reason, various treatment options in dermatology are available to address this condition.

A qualified skin specialist can offer the patient advice on the most suitable treatment for a specific case of eczema. On top of this, the specialist will review the patient’s age and their family history of allergies prior to recommending the most appropriate treatment plan.

Dermatologists at the PH Dermatology Cancer and Laser Surgery Center receive patients from Palm Harbor, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Brandon, Tampa, Spring Hill, Riverview, Florida, and nearby areas for advanced and innovative skin care solutions.

Treatments for Advanced Eczema

In general, mild cases of eczema can typically be treated with certain moisturizers and topical or other drugs prescribed by a dermatologist. But moderate to severe eczema may not respond to basic treatments. The dermatologist may recommend one or more of the following treatments in such cases:


If the rash has spread over an extensive area of the body, the patient may require strong topical or oral corticosteroids. This treatment may also be effective when complications, such as skin infections, develop.

Bandage or Dressing

In case the sores are oozing or exposes, the provider may apply a bandage or dressing around the impacted skin. This will ensure that the open pores remain covered and do not come into contact with air.

UV Exposure 

Some patients may require a combination of dermatological treatment in combination with ultraviolet light exposure. The treatment options include phototherapy and PUVA therapy.


In the case of adult patients, the dermatologist may recommend interferon or cyclosporine treatment when other treatments do not provide desirable outcomes. This treatment may include antihistamines to relieve the itching.

Some patients may need to apply wet dressings to the rashes for 30 minutes several times daily. Depending on the unique condition of a patient, treatment experts will offer individualized solutions.

Laser Phototherapy

Laser phototherapy is one of the major treatments available currently for a range of inflammatory skin conditions, including severe cases of eczema.

This technique has been proven to be effective in promoting quicker skin clearing. In comparison to conventional UV light phototherapy, the remission periods with this treatment have been seen to be longer.

An advantage of laser therapy is that it creates targeted outcomes. A concentrated beam of UV light is delivered to the inflamed site using a handpiece that rests directly over the skin. This technology is suitable for accessing hard-to-treat areas and creates fairly successful results for patients with mild to moderate eczema.

Eczema treatments will typically involve holistic skincare, environmental, and anti-allergy plan to reduce the itchiness of the skin. In some cases, systematic and topical steroids may be recommended for eczema treatment.


PH Dermatology Cancer & Laser Surgery Center, led by board certified dermatologists, provides advanced dermatology treatments to patients in Palm Harbor, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Brandon, Riverview, Spring Hill, Florida and surrounding communities. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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