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Andrew G. Woolrich, MD -  - Dermatologist

Andrew G. Woolrich, MD

Dermatologist located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Eczema is a common skin condition affecting many people. It can cause itchiness, discomfort, and skin inflammation. Dr. Andrew G. Woolrich treats patients in and around New York, NY, suffering from eczema.

Eczema Q & A

What is Eczema?

Eczema is a common and often chronic condition caused by inflammation of the skin. Eczema causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry, and even cracked and leathery. It can appear on any part of the body but typically affects the hands, neck, face, and legs. In children, the inner creases of the knees and elbows are often involved. Eczema comes in many forms. Some types of eczema can cause scaling, fluid-filled blisters, and cracking. Severely affected skin may develop painful, deep cracks, which are also called fissures.

What Causes Eczema?

Eczema can run in families. It is a genetic condition that can cause people to have extra-sensitive skin, and an overactive immune system is thought to be a factor. Factors that may trigger eczema include:

  • Environmental factors
  • Dry skin
  • Heat and sweat
  • Cold, dry climates
  • Contact with irritating substances such as woolen and synthetic fabrics or soap

How is Eczema Treated?

Proper and consistent skin care is essential for treating eczema. If your symptoms are more severe or your doctor decides you need medicine to treat your eczema, he may prescribe any of the following:

  • Topical Cortisone - this may come as an ointment, cream, or lotion to help relieve mild eczema
  • Antihistamines - oral antihistamines may help relieve symptoms
  • Corticosteroids - oral or injectable for severe cases
  • Moisturizers - this can help support the skin's barrier function
  • Ultraviolet light therapy - this may help if your skin condition is severe and widespread
  • Other medications

 For more information on eczema, contact the office today to see what Dr. Woolrich can do for you.

Accepted Insurance Providers

Dr. Woolrich accepts most major insurances. If you have any questions, please feel free to give our office a call and one of our knowledgeable staff members will be happy to help.

Our office is handicap accessible and English, Spanish and Hebrew are spoken.

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Plan
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
MVP Health Care
Oxford United Healthcare