Eagle Dermatology -  - Dermatologist

Eagle Dermatology

Dermatologists located in Eagle, ID

For more than 30 million Americans, eczema causes anguish and sleepless nights as a result of the unbearable itching that comes with it. Gabriel Guerrero, DO, is a board-certified dermatologist at Eagle Dermatology specializing in eczema treatment for patients of all ages in Eagle, Idaho, and the surrounding communities. Dr. Guerrero can help you get your symptoms under control so that you can focus on your life rather than on your skin condition. Call or use the online system to book an appointment today.

Eczema Q&A

What is eczema?

Eczema is a group of skin conditions that cause red, inflamed, itchy skin. Eczema is not contagious, but it’s often triggered by environmental factors that cause flare-ups. All types of eczema cause itching and redness, and it’s possible to have more than one type at the same time.

Atopic dermatitis, one of the most common forms of eczema, is chronic and inflammatory, and usually begins during childhood. Contact dermatitis, another common form of eczema, occurs when your skin comes in contact with a substance that causes an allergic reaction.

What are the symptoms of eczema?

For infants, eczema symptoms may appear suddenly as a rash that causes:

  • Dry, scaly, and itchy skin
  • Redness on the cheeks, arms, or legs
  • Cracked skin behind their ears
  • Open, crusted sores that weep fluid

Contact dermatitis symptoms usually appear on your hands, feet, or anywhere your body comes in contact with an allergen. Most of the time, you get contact dermatitis from:

  • Soaps or skincare products
  • Fabric detergents or bleach
  • Chemicals or solvents
  • Smoke fumes or tobacco smoke

How is eczema treated?

Dr. Guerrero first performs a comprehensive exam to determine the type of eczema you have, then determines how best to treat it. He may recommend specific changes to your skin care regimen or lifestyle so you can get long-term relief. Knowing what triggers your flare-ups and avoiding those things can help minimize the intense itching and discomfort of eczema.

Because eczema is connected to your immune system, effective eczema medications include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Antiviral medications
  • Antifungal medications
  • Topical corticosteroids
  • Topical calcineurin inhibitors
  • Oral antihistamines

For severe cases that don’t respond well to medications or other treatments, narrow band ultraviolet light therapy (UVB) is also very helpful in relieving symptoms. UVB therapy allows Dr. Guerrero to use controlled beams of ultraviolet B light to target your eczema.

UVB light is the most beneficial element of sunlight exposure. It boosts vitamin D, calms the inflammation of eczema symptoms, and boosts bacteria-fighting systems in your skin. Ultimately, narrow band UVB light therapy can help control the awful eczema itch. It’s considered safe for patients of most ages, except infants.

If you’re ready to take control over your life-interrupting eczema symptoms, Dr. Guerrero is ready to help. Call or use the online booking system to make an appointment today.