Eczema causes inflammation, irritation, redness, and dry skin that can affect not only the look and feel of your skin, but also impact your self-esteem or confidence in wearing certain clothes during certain times of the year. If you’re nervous about eczema breakouts that might affect your personal schedule or the enjoyment of some of your favorite activities, it might be time to seek out an eczema dermatologist like Dr. David Baird near Birmingham to help diagnose and relieve your symptoms.
Symptoms of Eczema
Eczema is a broad category of a skin disorder that can have one or multiple of many different symptoms. The main symptoms of eczema include:
- Swollen, red, itchy skin
- Scaly skin
- Rough patches of skin
- Darkened pigmentation
- Irritated patches of skin
These can occur one at a time or multiple at once in people with chronic eczema, and they are often confused or conflated with other skin disorders like rosacea or actinic keratosis. This is why it’s important to have a board-certified dermatologist take your medical history, examine the affected area, and/or biopsy the affected skin to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment.
Treating eczema requires knowing exactly what is causing or triggering the outbreaks of your symptoms. Many treatments that dermatologists recommend include off-putting side effects like skin sensitivity, ineffective results, or itching. Dr. Baird exclusively uses narrow-band UVB radiation that requires no anesthesia or downtime and can be completed immediately after a consultation appointment.
The benefits of narrow-band UV light therapy include fine-tuning for your specific skin area, quick recovery, increased Vitamin D production, and increased immune support for the skin. The treatment involves standing in or putting the affected area in a special UV light-emitting box where the settings are fine-tuned to damage or destroy the skin cells that cause your eczema symptoms while gently stimulating the healthy cells to produce healing effects throughout the skin. Most patients benefit from at least 2 treatments per week before seeing long-lasting eczema reduction results.
Meet Dr. David Baird
Dr. David Baird is a board-certified dermatologist who has spent most of his professional career in Michigan, studying at Hope College, Wayne State University, and Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. His approach to dermatologic care is founded on professionalism and personability, which is why he always attends to each patient personally for the highest quality care you can find near Birmingham. Call our office or contact us online today to learn more about how we can help you get the care you need without the exorbitant price tag.
About Birmingham, MI
Birmingham, Michigan is a northern suburb of Detroit comprised of over 20,000 people. Its historical significance as a thoroughfare between Pontiac and downtown Detroit is represented by the newspaper The Birmingham Eccentric as well as numerous businesses and even churches named for founding families of the town along the main route. In its nearly 5 square miles of incorporated territory, Birmingham boasts many parks as well as a spectacular public library, home to over 120,000 volumes. Birmingham has been home to many celebrities and public figures including comedian David Spade, singer Mike Posner, Olympian Sheila Young, and actor Tim Allen, who was raised in the village.