E is for Eczema
OK, so that doesn’t make sense — eczema has an X sound to start it — but no matter how you spell or say it, eczema is annoying. If it makes you any more comfortable, you’re in good company; over 30 million Americans have some form of eczema. But the itching, scaly skin doesn’t have to be a way of life. Dr. Carter can treat your eczema.
What is eczema?
Eczema is known by atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema for doctor types. If you’ve heard of the common term, eczema, it could be from a dandruff shampoo commercial or something like that. It’s a chronic condition characterized by red, itchy, dry skin that is due to inflammation.
It’s common for babies and young children, showing up on the face. In most children, eczema is a passing condition.
In adults, eczema has much in common with allergies, although the exact triggers of eczema are still somewhat of a mystery. Eczema can develop anywhere on the body but is common on the shins, behind the knees, and on the arms.
No matter what the actual cause, the body reaction that causes eczema is due to abnormal function of the immune system. Also, activities that can cause the skin to be more sensitive, dry, or irritated, and or any defects in the skin barrier can lead to an outbreak of eczema.
What are the symptoms?
Eczema shows itself as patches of chronically dry, itchy, thick skin that appear on the hands, neck, face, and leg area. The skin may appear red or brownish-grey. The affected areas may have small bumps that leak fluid when scratched. The irritation and itching are usually worse at night.
How we treat eczema
Mild cases of eczema (people don’t even realize they have it sometimes) can often be managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory creams. But when those don’t work, or when your rashes become crusty or develop blisters, then it’s time to see Dr. Carter.
These are the array of prescription medications and other treatments she may use to get a handle on your eczema:
- Ultraviolet light therapy
- Prescription-strength moisturizers
You don’t need to live with the itchiness and embarrassment of eczema. See us at Deschutes. Call (541) 330-0900 to make an appointment.