Get Help Managing Chronic Rashes in Thousand Oaks
Patients who have chronically itchy, red, and dry skin may have a condition known as eczema. Thousand Oaks’ Dr. Peterson Pierre routinely works with women, men, and children dealing with the rash that can be a lifetime problem.
According to the National Eczema Association, more than 30 million Americans are diagnosed with this condition, which has no cure. It is possible, however, to manage the symptoms, as well as to identify common triggers that cause flare-ups. A combination of lifestyle changes and carefully chosen medications or other treatments has the potential to vastly improve patients’ quality of life.
What Is Eczema?
The rashy redness known as eczema can take several forms, all of which share the name that stems from the Greek word for “boiling over.” Indeed, the condition commonly causes symptoms that resemble skin scalded by hot water—especially redness, discomfort, and pain.
These rashes can develop anywhere on the body. Some patients deal with them in a concentrated area, while others may struggle with redness, scales, and sores all over widespread regions. It can affect the scalp, trunk, arms, and legs, and is commonly found in the bends of the elbows and knees.
The condition is often diagnosed in children. In some cases, the severity may decrease as they become adults, but it can also grow worse over time. There is no way to predict which direction eczema will go, so it is important that patients maintain an ongoing conversation about treatment with Dr. Peterson Pierre and his team.
Many eczema patients deal with skin that is always red and itchy. This leads them to scratch at the area, causing damage, releasing inflammatory chemicals, and resulting in even more itchy skin—thus the cycle continues. Some patients will scratch their skin until it bleeds, which can make the condition even worse.
Many patients also suffer from depression because of their eczema. Controlling the problem is essential for physical and mental health, so patients are urged to discuss treatment options with Dr. Pierre as soon as possible to reduce the itching and allow the skin to heal.
Dr. Peterson Pierre
As a Stanford Medical School graduate and dermatologist certified by the American Board of Dermatology, Dr. Peterson Pierre ("the Gentle Injector") is a highly respected leader in the industry with a reputation for exceeding patient expectations.
What Are the Different Types of Eczema?
Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema, typically manifesting as dry, scaly patches of skin that can flake, crust, and crack. Other forms include:
- contact dermatitis, which is a rash that develops after skin interacts with specific substances, such as certain cleaners, materials, or foods
- dishidrotic eczema, appearing as blisters that develop on a patient’s extremities
- hand eczema, which—as the name suggests—can be found on the hands
- neurodermatitis, characterized by thick, raised scales that have an itchiness made worse by scratching
- nummular dermatitis, which causes small, round lesions to form
- seborrheic dermatitis, which causes dandruff in addition to red, scaly patches
- stasis dermatitis, associated with poor blood flow in the lower extremities and responsible for redness, itchiness, and sores
What Causes Eczema and Triggers Flare-Ups?
Despite decades of study, medical researchers are still not entirely sure why certain people develop eczema. Data indicates a link between the condition and immune system reactions, suggesting a tie to allergies. The problem seems to have a genetic component, with flare-ups triggered by environmental factors from smoke and other irritants to heat, hormones, and stress.
What Can Be Done About Eczema?
Since eczema is a chronic condition that involves so many unknowns, there is not a cure. The symptoms, however, can be managed with a range of treatments. Dr. Pierre may recommend topical, injectable, or oral medications, as well as cortisone or other creams. He also may refer patients out for light therapy.
Another important aspect of care is identifying potential triggers so they can be avoided in the future to minimize flare-ups. By limiting contact with certain metals or textiles, soaps, fragrances, ointments, dyes, foods, and more, it’s possible to reduce redness, dryness, itching, and burning sensations.
Why Choose Pierre Skin Care Institute for Eczema Care in Thousand Oaks?
Dr. Peterson Pierre is a board-certified dermatologist with extensive experience in medical dermatology. By studying and treating a wide range of patients dealing with such chronic conditions as eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea, he maintains a thorough working knowledge of skin diseases, triggers, and treatments. Pairing his broad practical experience with his education, he can create custom-tailored treatment plans that make a difference for individuals dealing with embarrassment, discomfort, and pain due to their condition.