Patients who have chronically itchy, red, dry skin may be dealing with eczema. Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a rash the can become a problem for life. According to the National Eczema Association, more than 30 million Americans are diagnosed with this condition. There is currently no cure, but with Dr. Pierre’s help, patients can manage it.
“Dear Dr. Pierre,
Thank you so much for taking care of me last week. It was a pleasure meeting you and your wonderful staff. I feel so much better now that the rash on my arms is gone.” – Chloe V.
Eczema can develop anywhere on the body. Some patients deal with it in a concentrated area while others may struggle with it all over widespread areas. It can affect the scalp, trunk, arms, and legs. It is common for eczema to be found in the bends of the elbows and knees. The condition is often diagnosed in children. In some cases, it may decrease as they become adults, while for others, the condition continues to get worse over time. There is no way to tell, so it is important that patients work with their doctor to discuss treatment now and in the future.
Most patients with eczema deal with skin that is always red and itchy. This causes them to scratch at the area, damaging the skin and releasing inflammatory chemicals. This results in itchy skin, and the cycle continues. Many patients will scratch their skin until it bleeds, which can make it even worse. Many patients also suffer from depression because of their condition. Controlling the problem is essential, so patients are urged to discuss treatment options with Dr. Pierre as soon as possible to reduce the itching and therefore allow the skin to heal.
There are several different types of eczema, as well as different triggers. Dr. Peterson Pierre of Pierre Skin Care Institute is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is well-versed in assisting patients with a wide range of cosmetic and medical skin care concerns. His practice can be contacted by calling 805.409.4560 to schedule an appointment. We welcome new patients who are seeking quality dermatological care from an experienced professional.