Reese Family Practice

Integrative Medicine & Primary Care located in Eugene, OR

Perhaps you think a lasting rash is possibly eczema, or you know you have eczema, but just can’t seem to get your symptoms under control. As a leader in integrative medicine, Reese Family Practice offers the holistic health care you need to enjoy healthier skin. Led by primary care physician Randy Reese, MD, the practice is conveniently located in Eugene, Oregon. Call today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment using the online scheduler.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema is caused when your immune system goes into overdrive. When you have eczema, your immune system overreacts, making your skin red, itchy, and rash-like. The medical name for eczema is atopic dermatitis. While eczema is a chronic condition, treatment helps to control it and prevent flare-ups.

Doctors don’t know exactly why some people get eczema and others don’t. That said, you have a greater chance of getting eczema if your parents have it or if you have allergies or asthma. Factors where you live, such as pollution, can also influence your chances of getting eczema.

What are the symptoms of eczema?

With eczema, you’ll feel itchy sensations that come and go. Other symptoms vary, but generally include:

  • Dry skin
  • Thick, scaly, cracked skin
  • Small bumps that may leak and crust over
  • Raw, swollen, sensitive skin from scratching

You may also have red to brownish-gray patches. These typically appear on your wrists, hands, feet, ankles, neck, upper chest, eyelids, and inside the bend of your knees and elbows.

How is eczema diagnosed?

Diagnosis of eczema is pretty straightforward. You provider at Reese Family Practice takes your medical history and examines your skin. They may test a small sample of the skin to rule out other skin conditions.

How is eczema treated?

You can try to prevent eczema flare-ups by identifying and avoiding the triggers, such as detergents or certain foods, that bring on flare-ups. Use mild soaps that are labeled “fragrance-free” or “hypoallergenic.” Opt for moisturizers that contain the ingredient “ceramide.” These moisturizers actually replace some of the natural “glue” that your skin lacks when you have eczema.

Your provider may recommend you use over-the-counter or prescription creams or ointments to help control redness, itching, and swelling. Antihistamines can also control itching so you feel more comfortable. If your skin becomes infected, you may need antibiotics to keep your skin healthy.

If your condition is severe, your provider may suggest phototherapy. The light treatment typically uses a special lamp that is outfitted with ultraviolet lights to improve your symptoms and bring your relief.

If you’d like relief from the itching and redness of eczema, take the first step to clearer, healthier skin today. Call and make an appointment with Reese Family Practice or book an appointment online.