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 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 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:
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.
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.
At Southside Dermatology, 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.
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 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 today to schedule a consultation with the expert dermatologists.