Eczema Specialist

Dawn S. Allison, MD -  - Dermatologist

Allison Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center

Dawn S. Allison, MD

Dermatologist located in Bend, OR

The itchy, red rashes of eczema can seriously disrupt your physical comfort, self-esteem, and entire lifestyle. Dermatologist Dawn S. Allison, MD treats eczema at her practice in Bend, Oregon. If you suffer from eczema, find help by calling Allison Dermatology & Skin Care Center or book an appointment online today.

Eczema Q&A

What is eczema and what does it look like?

Eczema, also called dermatitis, causes breakouts of dry, red, itchy rashes to appear on your skin. It’s important not to scratch these rashes since doing so inflames and aggravates them.

The appearance of eczema may vary from person to person, but common signs and symptoms include:

  • Thickened, rough, sometimes scaly patches on your skin
  • Red, brown, or otherwise discolored blotches
  • Extreme itching that begins before the rash is visible
  • Tiny, raised bumps that may leak fluid when scratched

Eczema rashes can appear on any part of your body, but the most common places they occur include:

  • Hands and feet
  • Inside the knees
  • Inside the elbows
  • On the face

What causes eczema?

Eczema is a chronic skin condition that’s very common for children under age five. Although this disease continues throughout your entire life, it’s possible to experience short periods of eczema flare-ups with years of clear skin in between.

Eczema isn’t contagious, and the exact cause remains unknown. Experts believe eczema may be related to an overactive immune response to a particular irritant. Many people with eczema also have a family history of allergies or asthma.

It’s possible to have eczema flare-ups in response to irritants in the environment, such as:

  • Soaps and lotions
  • Certain fabrics
  • Stress
  • Foods you’re allergic to
  • Pollen
  • Animal dander
  • Cleaning products
  • Getting too hot or too cold

How does a dermatologist treat eczema?

First, Dr. Allison performs a physical exam. During this time she visually checks your skin and asks questions about your medical history. She may be able to diagnose eczema by looking at the rash. If not, she may need to biopsy the area to ensure it’s not a more severe skin condition.

After diagnosing your eczema, Dr. Allison discusses your treatment options. Eczema rashes are notoriously challenging to treat. Although no cure exists for eczema, you can still maintain a normal life by managing the symptoms.

If you or your child is suffering the itchy, red rashes of eczema, call Allison Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center or book an appointment online today.