Southside Dermatology and Skin Cancer Surgery
Dermatologists located in Tulsa, OK
When you live with the dry, red, itchy skin caused by eczema, you may be willing to try anything to find relief. Alison Fischer, MD, and Robert Fischer, MD, offer expert diagnosis and customized treatments for eczema at Southside Dermatology and Skin Cancer Surgery in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Call today or schedule an appointment online if you or your child need help to relieve your irritated and painful skin condition.
Eczema in Tulsa, Muskogee, & Broken Arrow, OK
What is eczema?
Eczema is a collection of red, irritated skin rashes that affect over 30 million Americans. Eczema is most often diagnosed in babies and young children and the symptoms usually subside as a child grows. However, you can develop the inflamed rash at any point in your life. There are several varieties of the condition, including:
- Atopic dermatitis — the most common form of eczema that causes patches of dry, red, itchy skin anywhere on your body
- Contact dermatitis — the itchy, red rash that develops when you touch an allergen like poison ivy
- Dyshidrotic eczema — develops as small, itchy blisters on your fingers, toes, palms, and soles of your feet
- Nummular eczema — causes coin-shaped patches anywhere on your body that may be dry and itchy or ooze fluids
- Seborrheic dermatitis — causes dry, flaky patches of skin on your scalp, face, or in folds of skin like your armpits or under your breasts
- Stasis dermatitis — changes to your skin tone or texture due to poor circulation, usually on your feet, ankles, or lower legs
Eczema gets its name from a Greek word that means to boil over, which describes the swollen, red patches of itchy skin that develop during a flare-up.
What causes eczema?
Doctors and medical researchers don’t fully understand the exact causes of eczema. It’s not contagious, but your family medical history is a known factor. Environmental triggers such as pollution can trigger eczema. An immunologic response to a perceived irritant or allergen can trigger an eczema outbreak.
How is eczema diagnosed?
At Southside Dermatology and Skin Cancer Surgery , Dr. Alison Fischer or Dr. Robert Fischer examine your skin and discuss your personal and family medical history to diagnose eczema. Your doctor may run some tests to rule out other conditions that could cause your skin rash.
How is eczema treated?
Eczema is often persistent and requires patience to find the most effective treatment to relieve your symptoms. If you think you have eczema, it’s important to talk to the doctors at Southside Dermatology and Skin Cancer Surgery as soon as possible, so you can start treatment.
Your dermatologist reviews your current skin care practices and products and may suggest alternatives to provide relief. They may also prescribe medicated creams such as corticosteroid ointments to relieve swelling, inflammation, and itching.
They can also prescribe topical treatments to control infection — patches of eczema are prone to infection because of the temptation to scratch at the affected areas.
You may also benefit from light therapy, which is controlled exposure to natural or artificial sunlight.
You can take care of your skin at home by keeping it clean and moisturized. Use the anti-itch creams provided by your doctor to control your discomfort and reduce the urge to scratch your skin.
If you’re concerned about eczema, call Southside Dermatology and Skin Cancer Surgery today to schedule a consultation with the expert dermatologists.