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Eczema Specialist

Board Certified Physician Assistant & Clinical Dermatology in , & ,

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Eczema services offered in Ahwatukee , Phoenix and Sun City, Sun City West, AZ

If you suffer from red, scaly, and itchy skin, you might have eczema. The experts at Ahwatukee Skin & Laser in Phoenix and Sun City West, Arizona, can help. They have effective solutions for your skin condition that leaves your bumpy, flaky skin behind. Call the friendly office staff or use the online scheduling tool today.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition that affects over 15 million Americans. It ranges from mild to severe, causing occasional dry skin to uncomfortable outbreaks that result in an itchy, painful rash.

When you have an eczema outbreak, your symptoms can become worse at night, which might cause the urge to scratch and disrupt your sleep. If you scratch hard enough to break the skin, you’re more susceptible to infection.

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Eczema can be found inside your arms, back of your knees, armpits, hips, and ankles. It tends to develop in areas where you have chronic rubbing.

Symptoms include:

  • Itchy skin
  • Red, brown, or gray patches of skin
  • Thick, scaly skin
  • Small bumps
  • Oozing skin that develops a crust

Eczema can also cause increased bacterial, viral, or fungal infections.

What causes eczema?

Eczema occurs when your skin can’t maintain a natural moisture barrier. It also develops in areas where your skin is naturally drier. 

When the barrier doesn’t exist, irritants like bacteria, chemicals, viruses, and fungus can directly access your skin and cause eczema. 

This disease can also worsen if you have food, chemical, or environmental allergies. You’re at a higher risk of developing eczema if you have a history of allergies or asthma, or both. 

Common triggers include:

  • Nickel
  • Propylene glycol
  • Fragrance
  • Parabens
  • Lanolin
  • Wheat
  • Milk
  • Corn
  • Citrus foods

A family history of eczema can also make you more prone to it.

During your consultation, the Ahwatukee Skin & Laser team provides guidance on managing your eczema and helps identify issues that might cause flare-ups.

How is eczema treated?

Even though eczema can’t be cured, you can manage it. Your provider learns about your skin condition to develop a customized treatment plan for you. The goal is to control the inflammation and dehydration of your skin that causes your eczema. Your physician also works to repair the barrier function of your skin.

To effectively treat you, the team learns about your triggers to help manage your eczema. Treatments may include lifestyle adjustments, medication, and various therapies tailored to your needs.

To get relief for your eczema, reach out to the expert team at Ahwatukee Skin & Laser right away. Call or book your appointment online today.