Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is an itchy, long-lasting skin condition, often accompanied by asthma or hay fever. Eczema usually appears in children, but can continue into, or first appear, during adulthood as well. Eczema is most commonly found on the arms and behind the knees, though it can appear anywhere.

Symptoms of eczema include:

  • Colored patches of skin, ranging from red to brownish-gray
  • Itching, which can be severe, especially at night
  • Thickened, cracked, or scaly skin
  • Raw, sensitive skin (from scratching)
  • Small, raised bumps on the skin, which may leak fluid or crust over

You should call an Urgent Care LA doctor if you are not sure if you have eczema, or if:

  • The discomfort is so great that it impacts your daily routine or sleep
  • Your skin is painful
  • You think your skin may be infected
  • You experience eye irritation
  • You have tried self-care techniques with no success

At Urgent Care LA, our doctors will evaluate your skin to determine if you have eczema or another dermatological condition. Your doctor may prescribe over-the-counter medications, or may be able to pinpoint a trigger, like an allergy or irritant. For severe eczema, the doctor may suggest prescription corticosteroid cream, oral antihistamines, oral corticosteroids, or immunomodulators, depending on the severity of your condition.

This is not a substitute for a professional, on-site medical diagnosis. Visit your doctor or other healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis of your condition.