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Eczema Specialist

Neal Bhatia, MD -  - Dermatologist

Neal Bhatia, MD

Dermatologist located in Kearny Mesa, San Diego, CA

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

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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