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Eczema Specialist

Alaska Dermatology, Laser & Skin Cancer Center

Michael Cusack, MD

Clinical Dermatology located in Anchorage, AK

The chronic itching associated with eczema can lead to frequent skin infections that make you look and feel bad. To protect the health of your skin, Dr. Michael Cusack of Alaska Dermatology, Laser & Skin Cancer Center in Anchorage, Alaska can provide effective treatments to relieve eczema's excessively dry and irritated skin. To alleviate your eczema discomfort and itchiness, schedule a consultation online or by phone.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition that causes persistent redness and itching. Though more common in children, eczema can be a chronic condition, affecting adults for a lifetime.

Healthy skin has a barrier of moisture that protects your body from irritants, allergens, and bacteria. When you have eczema, your body can't offer this protection because of a variation in your genes. This causes your skin to be easily irritated by allergens and bacteria, leading to eczema flare-ups.

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Eczema can affect people differently, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Eczema can be persistent, or you may experience periodic flare-ups, especially if you have hay fever or asthma.

  • Common symptoms of eczema include:
  • Dry skin
  • Persistent itching
  • Red or brown skin patches
  • Thickened and cracked skin

Eczema can also produce small, raised bumps filled with fluid. When you scratch these bumps, fluid may leak out, causing your skin to crust over. Your skin may also become extra sensitive and swollen from frequent scratching.

What treatment options are available for eczema?

There aren’t any tests for eczema, and Dr. Cusack makes a visual diagnosis based on your symptoms. He may recommend treatment if eczema symptoms cause discomfort and interfere with your life. Topical corticosteroid creams and high-quality moisturizers may be the best method for treating your dry, itchy skin.

If your skin becomes infected, you may also need to use antibiotic creams or oral medications in addition to corticosteroid treatments.

Even with treatment, you might develop flare-ups of eczema throughout your lifetime. Dr. Cusack can monitor your skin and adjust your treatments, as necessary.

To ease discomfort and pain from eczema flare-ups when at home, you can try taking warm baths using uncooked oatmeal or baking soda to alleviate itching and excessive skin dryness. Keep the air in your home moist, using a humidifier to prevent severe skin dryness. You should also wear lightweight, smooth-textured clothing to reduce the friction on your skin.

To find relief from the itchy, dry skin of eczema, schedule a consultation with Dr. Cusack using the online booking feature or calling the office directly.