Experts estimate that about 3% of the United States population has eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis. Left unmanaged, eczema can leave you feeling itchy and generally uncomfortable. Primary care providers Yuri Cook, MD, FAAP, Hoang Ho, MD, and the team at Raintree Healthcare in Allen, Texas, specialize in diagnosing and treating eczema. If you’re tired of living with itchy, dry, or generally irritated skin, make an appointment today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.
Eczema is a common condition that causes your skin to become dry, red, and itchy. Although eczema can affect anyone, it’s particularly common in children and young adults.
Unfortunately, there’s no cure for eczema. However, treatments and self-care measures can significantly lower your risk of an outbreak and improve your overall quality of life.
The symptoms of eczema vary widely from person to person. Common telltale signs include:
Eczema usually develops before the age of five and typically persists into adolescence and adulthood. For some people, eczema only flares up on occasion, clearing up for months or even years at a time.
To diagnose eczema, your Raintree Healthcare provider reviews your medical history and physically examines your skin.
Depending on your symptoms, your doctor might also do patch testing or another type of skin test to rule out other potential causes of your symptoms. If you suspect a food allergy is causing your symptoms, make sure to share this information with your doctor as well.
Treatment for eczema depends on the cause and severity of your symptoms. However, when possible, the team at Raintree Healthcare recommends conservative measures of care.
If your eczema is mild or moderate, they might recommend ointments or creams that ease itching and help repair your skin. You might also benefit from prescription oral medications that fight infection and control inflammation.
For more serious cases of eczema, more hands-on treatments might be necessary. Depending on your needs, the team might recommend wet dressings, dermatological counseling, or behavior modification therapy.
For infants and children with eczema, the team works to identify and avoid skin irritants and to lubricate your child’s skin with bath oils, creams, and ointments.
At Raintree Healthcare, the team treats a variety of skin-related medical conditions, including:
The team performs wart removal as an outpatient procedure.
If you’re living with eczema or another uncomfortable skin-related health problem, make an appointment at Raintree Healthcare today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.