E is for Eczema

Eczema Treatment Bend, OROK, 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:

  • Hydrocortisone
  • Antibiotics
  • Antihistamines
  • Corticosteroids
  • Ultraviolet light therapy
  • Immunosuppressants
  • 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.

Leave the Double Chin to Jabba the Hut

Kybella Treatment Bend, ORJust about all of us have some degree of a double chin after we hit out 45th birthday or thereabouts. It’s a combination of our skin and tissue becoming looser and the development of fat cells.

But you don’t have to feel like you look like Jabba the Hut. You can stop in and see Dr. Carter and have her treat your double chin with Kybella. Before you know it, you’ll have a profile that looks more like yours at 25 rather than 45 or 50.

What is Kybella?

Kybella is the only FDA-approved injectable treatment to improve the appearance of double chins by destroying the fat cells helping your skin to sag. Clinically, a double chin is called submental fullness (a much more pleasant term!). Studies have shown that over two-thirds of people are bothered by their double chins. And those people say their sagging chins bug them just as much as wrinkles and other signs of aging.

How does Kybella work its magic?

Kybella’s secret is quite simple. It is made, basically, of deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid occurs naturally in the human body. Its job is to help with the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. The key is that deoxycholic acid doesn’t know the difference between dietary fat (the ingested kind) and the fat living a comfortable life under your chin. To it, fat is fat and must be destroyed.

So, when Dr. Carter injects Kybella into various locations under your chin, the deoxycholic acid finds the fat and destroys it. The fat is then broken down and flushed from the body through the lymphatic system. In addition to getting rid of the fat, Kybella also destroys the fat storage ability in the area. So, not only is the fat gone but so is the body’s capacity to store fat in the future.

How long do results last?

We said destroy, and we mean it. Kybella doesn’t need ongoing future sessions — the fat is gone permanently. You decide on the number of injection sessions you want to get to your goals, and once you’re there, you’re done. Obviously, your chin muscles and tissue will continue to slacken somewhat with age, but the fat that has been most of the problem is gone for good.

How many sessions will I need?

The FDA has set the maximum number of treatment sessions at six, but how many you decide to have is up to you. Some people find they like their new profile at just two to four sessions. How many you end up having is up to you.

Interested in getting rid of your chinny chin? Call Dr. Carter at 541-330-0900 and let’s talk about Kybella.