Neal Bhatia, MD -  - Dermatologist

Neal Bhatia, MD

Dermatologist located in Kearny Mesa, San Diego, CA

Eczema Specialist

Dr. Bhatia understands the factors that can contribute to eczema and its symptoms, and provides San Diego, CA, patients with individualized care options to treat their specific symptoms and help them avoid triggers that can cause flareups.

Eczema Q & A

by Neal Bhatia, MD

What is eczema?

Also called atopic dermatitis, eczema is a skin condition that results in scaly, reddish patches that are itchy or dry, or that become crusted and weepy. The condition occurs because the skin becomes inflamed, and while the precise underlying cause is not known, some researchers believe the immune system plays a role. Eczema cannot be passed from one person to another, and symptoms often become worse during “flareups.” It occurs most commonly in children, but it can occur or recur in adulthood as well. Scratching itchy patches can cause them to bleed, resulting in an increased risk of infection.

How can I control flareups?

Flareups occur in response to specific triggering events that can vary from person to person, but often include:

  • stress

  • changes in ambient temperature

  • perspiration

  • dry skin

  • contact with skin irritants like soaps or detergents

How is atopic dermatitis diagnosed?

In most cases, a physical exam with an evaluation of your skin and your symptoms provide enough information to confirm a diagnosis of eczema. If you have asthma or allergies, be sure and mention those to Dr. Bhatia, since eczema occurs more frequently in people with these conditions.

How is eczema treated?

The symptoms of eczema can often be controlled by a few simple changes in a person's skin care routine, such as using gentle, hypoallergenic skin products, avoiding harsh laundry detergents and using moisturizers to prevent skin from becoming overly dry. Taking short showers and avoiding baths can also avoid dryness and promote healthier skin. When symptoms become severe or persistent, over-the-counter antihistamines may help control itching. Dr. Bhatia can prescribe a prescription medication and skin products to reduce symptoms, especially during flareups.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

As a courtesy to our patients, we will bill your insurance company on your behalf for all covered medical procedures. Please review your specific insurance plan for co-pay, deductible and other benefit information prior to your office visit.

If you have questions about our payment requirements or changes to the insurance plans we accept, please call our office.

Please note - We do not accept Covered California

All patients will be responsible for determining their eligibility status prior to their office visit or upon any changes to their insurance plan. If you are not sure Therapeutics is in your network, please call the number on the back of your insurance card.

***A current insurance card and photo ID are required at your initial visit and upon any changes to your plan.***

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Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "I absolutely love Dr. Bhatia. I originally came for an extreme case of eczema. Not only did he solve this but him and his nurse are always incredibly sweet."

    Laura A.
  • Yelp

    "I've been going to Therapeutics for quite a few years, and they are like a family to me now. The staff is always courteous and caring. "

    Stacey S.
  • Yelp

    "I've been going to Therapeutics for six years and have nothing but great things to say. I have psoriasis and as a leading research clinic they have been very helpful"

    Mark P.
  • Google

    Amazing doctor, friendly staff and very cooperative. I have been Dr. Bhatia's patient for more that two years now. Highly recommend!

    Ali A
  • Google

    Absolutely superb service at Therapeutics Clinical Research! Dr. Neal Bhatia is one of the most caring physicians I have ever received care from.

    Jonathan A
  • Google

    Dr. Bhatia is passionate about his work and is dedicated to remaining educated and staying at the forefront of his field.

    Vaill D.
  • Google

    Both the PA and doc were very cordial, professional, knowledgeable and capable. They are also big on patient education, which I appreciated.

  • Google

    Dr. Neal Bhatis is great. I felt him to be very knowledgeable and extremely easy to discuss my concerns with. I would never hesitate to go back to see him again

    Bobby H.
  • Yelp

    Dr. Bhatia was very knowledgeable and pleasant to talk to. His staff is very professional as well and answered all of my questions.

    Greg G.
  • ZocDoc

    Very friendly and easy going doctor! He was knowledgeable and explained my skin condition very well!

    Athena L.
  • ZocDoc

    Dr Bahtia is very knowledgeable, patient, respectful, informative and easy going. He gave me lots of new suggestions for protecting myself from the sun!

    Linda S.
  • ZocDoc

    Dr. Bhatia is funny and knowledgable. His staff was kind. He was able to answer all of my questions and gave me lots of stuff and advice.

    Brianna E.
Therapeutics Clinical Research
9025 Balboa Avenue, Suite 105
Kearny Mesa

San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: 858-571-6800
Fax: 858-571-6801
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