Eczema services offered in Harbor, OR

Eczema can make it hard to feel confident about the appearance of your skin and can also be uncomfortable. Help is available through the care of Richard Schultz, MD, of Brookings Diseases of the Skin and Esthetics in Harbor, Oregon. Your personalized consultation explores all available treatment paths, so make today the day you call to book a visit or schedule online in just a few clicks.    

Eczema Q & A

How common is eczema and how does it develop?

Eczema is a chronic skin condition that usually develops during childhood and continues through adulthood. While there are many types of eczema, the most common is called atopic dermatitis. 

Researchers are uncertain of the exact cause of eczema, but there is evidence to support a genetic component. People with asthma, hay fever, or allergies also have a higher-than-average risk for developing eczema. 

The condition is not contagious and affects more than 31 million Americans. People of all ethnicities can develop eczema, and the condition affects both sexes. 

What are some signs I might have eczema?

Knowing the signs and symptoms of eczema can help you know when to seek professional care for yourself or a loved one. Some of the changes that may indicate eczema include:

  • Dry skin
  • Itchy skin
  • Small bumps 
  • Areas of crusty, flaky, or scaly skin
  • Patches of skin that appear thick or leathery
  • Skin that becomes raw after frequent scratching

If you notice these issues, a dermatology specialist can evaluate your skin and determine if you have eczema. 

Are there treatments that can help with eczema?

Most people notice that their symptoms flare up after exposure to specific triggers. One of the first lines of defense against eczema is to identify which triggering factors cause changes in your skin and then take steps to avoid those triggers. 

Some examples of common eczema triggers include:

  • Smoke
  • Soaps and detergents
  • Dry weather
  • Certain makeup or skin care products
  • High levels of stress
  • Certain fabrics

Using a high quality moisturizer is a great way to control eczema flare-ups. You should find a product that works well with your skin and use it every day, especially after bathing or showering. 

Topical medications can sometimes help control itching and support your skin as it heals. There are also oral medications that can reduce the risk of infection or ease symptoms. Dr. Schultz works with you to find the best treatment approach for your unique set of needs. 

To schedule a visit, call Brookings Diseases of the Skin and Esthetics during normal business hours, or spend a few moments on the online booking page. Your consultation includes a professional skin assessment and a discussion of possible treatment paths.