Eczema Treatment

Eczema is a non-contagious, chronic condition primarily affecting children and adolescents but can also occur in adults. It can be frustrating to navigate eczema and to find an effective treatment that fits your lifestyle. While there is no cure for this condition, people come to our clinics in Springfield, Longmeadow, Northampton, and Westfield, MA, for effective eczema treatment options.

What Are the Main Causes of Eczema?

Eczema can occur due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Adults and children who experience allergic conditions such as asthma are more likely to develop eczema. Individuals living in a dry climate or highly populated area are also more vulnerable to this condition.

You may notice your condition gets worse when exposed to certain internal and external triggers, such as:

  • Pollen, mold, and dust mites
  • Chemicals or added fragrances
  • Extreme heat or cold
  • Stress
  • Cigarette smoke and pollutants in the air

Identifying and avoiding these triggers can help you keep your eczema under control.

What Does Eczema Skin Look Like?

Typically, eczema patches are dry and scaly and commonly occur on the back of the neck and knees, the crooks of the elbows, or the face. If you have had eczema for an extended period, the patches can look dark and leathery and cause itching. Some adults develop eczema around their eyes in a thick, dark circle.

Treatment Options for Eczema

Several options are available to improve your skin, and we offer a broad range of treatments. However, you should consider the severity of your condition, skin type, and lifestyle factors when choosing a treatment. At New England Dermatology & Laser Center in Massachusetts, we may recommend:


The easiest way to improve eczema is by applying a good-quality moisturizer to protect the skin barrier. A cream or lotion can lock in moisture and stop allergens and irritants from impacting your skin.

However, for some individuals, a moisturizer may not help with redness and itching. An experienced provider can prescribe treatments to improve these symptoms.

Topical and Systemic Treatments

Your provider can prescribe a topical or systemic medication for relief from eczema. These treatments contain ingredients that can reduce inflammation and heal your skin. Your provider will prescribe the best product, depending on your symptoms.


Phototherapy is an effective option for adults and children who have had no success with topical treatments. This form of light therapy uses different wavelengths of ultraviolet light to improve eczema. Your provider may suggest several treatment sessions for a 1 to 2-month period so you can achieve the desired results.

Choose a Specialist

Finding a treatment for eczema can be challenging, but our team of experienced dermatologists can help. We will assess your symptoms and recommend the best treatment option for you. Learn more about our medical team at the New England Dermatology & Laser Center or call us at (413) 733-9600 to schedule an appointment.


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