Eczema, Dermatitis, And Skin Rash Specialist

Zand Dermatology

Sarvenaz Zand, MD

Dermatologist located in Mill Valley, CA

Over 35 million Americans suffer from some variety of eczema and surprisingly 10-20% of them are children. For over 10 years, Dr. Sarvenaz Zand has been helping patients and their families in the greater San Francisco area achieve and maintain healthy skin with her personalized approach that incorporates the use of noninvasive and alternative treatments. Call Zand Dermatology today or schedule an appointment online if you or someone in your family is suffering from eczema.

Eczema, Dermatitis, and Skin Rash Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema is a general term that actually refers to a set of skin conditions that often cause red, itchy, and inflamed skin. The broad term “eczema” usually refers to the more specific atopic dermatitis (AD), the most common form of eczema, which usually develops in early childhood.   

Although AD affects more than 9.6 million children in the United States, it is also prevalent in adults; 4.6 million adults suffer from this condition as well.

What are the symptoms of eczema?

The symptoms of eczema look different on everyone. However, the most common signs are:

  • Dry, sensitive skin
  • Red, inflamed skin
  • Very bad itching
  • Dark-colored patches of skin
  • Rough, leathery, or scaly patches of skin
  • Oozing or crusting
  • Areas of swelling


You might notice all these symptoms, or you may only see one or two of them. Your condition might seem to last forever, or your symptoms could completely disappear within a week.

What causes eczema?

If someone in your family has eczema, there’s a high chance you have that predisposition too. However, everyone has different triggers that can aggravate their condition. For some, it could be perfume, detergents, and wool; for others, emotional stress and heavy sweating could cause a flare-up.

Identifying the environmental factors that trigger your eczema is the first step in managing the disease.

How is eczema treated?

There are a few things you can do to help prevent an eczema flare-up. Dr. Zand recommends:

  • Shower smarter, keeping the water as cool as possible and the length under 10 minutes
  • Moisturize regularly
  • Avoid the temptation to scratch
  • Keep the air moist with the help of a humidifier


Although there isn’t a cure for eczema, several remedies exist to help manage it. The best one for you usually depends on the severity of your condition and location on your body.

Topical steroid creams are a standard treatment for eczema. They’re a great way to jumpstart improving the itch, redness, and bumpiness of your rash. By incorporating healthy skincare habits and the use of natural moisturizers such as coconut oil, you can help retain moisture in your skin and reduce flare-ups as well.

The key to managing your condition is knowing which triggers affect your condition and how to avoid them. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Zand to discuss your symptoms and create the right treatment plan just for you. Book an appointment online or call Zand Dermatology today.

Detailed List of Services
  • Medical + Surgical:

    • Meticulous scalp-to-toe full skin examinations
    • Early skin cancer detection and ongoing surveillance
    • Comprehensive mole checks using dermoscopy
    • Mole mapping / total body photography
    • Surgical treatments for melanoma, BCC, and SCC
    • Minimally-invasive treatments for skin cancers
    • Mohs micrographic surgery for facial skin cancers
    • General dermatology including acne, rosacea, rashes, eczema, dermatitis, warts, skin allergies
    • Holistic and integrative dermatology
    • Surgical removal of moles, lipomas, growths
    • Detailed education provided about your skin findings and treatment options
    Cosmetic:

    • Cosmetic Consultation to identify goals, maximize results within your budget, and help restore confidence in your appearance
    • Neuromodulators (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin) to reduce frown lines, forehead lines, and crows feet – extremely natural approach that maintains movement but without making lines
    • Aesthetic fillers (Juvederm, Restylane) to soften smile lines, dark circles under the eyes, acne scars
    • Voluma and Radiesse for mid-face and temple recontouring
    • Lip enhancement – subtle plumping, absolutely no “duck lips” 
    • Hand rejuvenation to fill volume loss and erase sun spots
    • Ear lobe repair
    • Removal of sunspots, skin tags, angiomas (red bumps)
    • Sclerotherapy for spider veins on the legs