Posts for tag: Eczema

By Atlas Dermatology
August 01, 2019
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Eczema  

Paying attention at work or school isn't always so easy if your skin won't stop itching. Red, itchy skin is a common symptom of eczema, a Eczemaskin condition that affects more than 30 million Americans, according to the National Eczema Foundation. Your Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, dermatologists, Dr. W. Trent Massengale, Dr. Jessica LeBlanc, and Dr. Ashley Record of Atlas Dermatology, offer several treatments that may help you manage your eczema symptoms.

Stopping the itch and inflammation

Scratching your eczema may offer relief for a few minutes, but the itching sensation soon returns worse than ever. If you scratch your skin so much that it bleeds, you may even develop an infection. Fortunately, you can decrease the itching with a prescription corticosteroid cream.

Unlike, over-the-counter anti-itch creams, prescription topical medications are stronger and capable of keeping annoying itching under control. Your dermatologist may also prescribe a non-steroidal medication, a topical ointment that reduces inflammation, redness, rash and lesions in mild to moderate eczema.

Fighting infections

If you already have an infection due to scratching or cracked skin, your Baton Rouge or Prairieville skin doctor may prescribe an antibiotic. Both oral and topical antibiotics can be used to treat skin infections.

Taking advantage of the healing properties of light

Phototherapy, a treatment that uses ultraviolet A (UVA) or ultraviolet B (UVB) rays to reduce eczema symptoms, can be helpful if the topical medications your skin doctor prescribes aren't helpful. Exposing your skin to UVA and UVB lights can increase your production of vitamin D and control itching and inflammation. Phototherapy may be used in addition to other treatments.

Targeting the immune system

Eczema may be your body's way of responding to a perceived attack. Once your immune system mistakenly thinks that you're under attack, it triggers a response that causes inflammation, redness and a rash. Immunosuppressants control this response, decreasing your symptoms if you have severe eczema.

Biologics may also be helpful if you have severe eczema. The medications target specific molecules involved in the immune system response rather than suppressing the entire immune system.

Would you like to get your eczema under control? Call your Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, dermatologists, Dr. W. Trent Massengale, Dr. Jessica LeBlanc, and Dr. Ashley Record of Atlas Dermatology, at (225) 313-4560 to schedule an appointment.

By Atlas Dermatology
December 07, 2017
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Eczema  

If you've got an itchy patch of skin that won't go away, you might be dealing with eczema. This skin disorder is one that the dermatologists Eczemaat Atlas Dermatology in Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA see frequently. Not only do Dr. W. Trent Massengale, Dr. Jessica LeBlanc and Dr. Ashley Record want to help relieve your discomfort, they're especially concerned about secondary infections that can develop due to persistent scratching of the skin. Here, you'll learn about eczema and how it's treated at Atlas Dermatology.

What is eczema?

Eczema is somewhat of a "catch-all" term for a chronically itchy, inflamed area on the skin. It can be due to an allergic reaction or a sensitivity to a certain substance, such as wool or laundry detergent. It can also appear for seemingly no reason; the cause is thought to be due to an overactive immune system. Whatever the reason, eczema's rash is itchy, red, and can even form small blisters in severe cases. Changes in weather or illnesses such as colds, as well as stress, can make the symptoms of eczema worse.

Who gets eczema?

Anyone can have eczema; it's thought to affect about 3% of people in the United States, with infants being the most commonly affected age group. Babies with eczema typically develop it on their cheeks, knees, and the elbows, while older children and adult patients of your Baton Rouge, LA dermatologist commonly have patches on the backs of the knees, the wrists, and the feet.

How is eczema treated?

A discussion about your medical history and an examination from your Prairieville dermatologist can be enough to diagnose eczema. Because allergies and eczema often go hand-in-hand, sometimes an allergy test is necessary to determine what's causing your flare-ups. In many cases, avoiding these triggers is enough to keep eczema under control. Topical ointments and creams that soothe the skin and retain its moisture are often helpful as well. Other medications that help control the body's immune response may also be used.

If you think you have eczema, call Atlas Dermatology for an appointment. We have convenient locations in both Prarieville and Baton Rouge, LA, so contact the office closest to you!

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