Eczema Specialist

Access Dermatology Clinic  -  - Dermatologist

Access Dermatology Clinic

Dermatologists located in Franklin & Glasgow, KY & Gallatin, TN

Eczema affects over 10% of the United States population, causing itching, bleeding, and uncomfortable rashes. At offices in Franklin and Glasgow, Kentucky, and Gallatin, Tennessee, board-certified providers James Allred, MD, FAAD, and Sherelen Hodges, APRN, DCNP, offer eczema treatment using the latest medications available. Book your appointment over the phone or online at the nearest Access Dermatology Clinic office today.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema, a skin condition common in babies and children that often lasts into adulthood, causes inflammation and itching on patches of your skin. 

Eczema refers to a group of conditions that share similar symptoms, but the most common type is called atopic dermatitis. Although you can have atopic dermatitis for years, it tends to flare up intermittently. 

Eczema develops because of a gene variation that impacts your skin’s protective barrier. Therefore, it is more sensitive and vulnerable to irritants and allergens in your environment. 

When rashes flare up, it could be because you came in contact with something irritable or because of circumstantial factors like stress or hormone fluctuations. 

The team at Access Dermatology Clinic reviews your medical history and assesses the symptoms of eczema. They rely on the most up-to-date medications for eczema to treat flare-ups.

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Eczema symptoms are distinct and easy to recognize once you become familiar with them. Symptoms can vary based on age, as infants and small children’s symptoms tend to be different from the symptoms that appear in adulthood. 

However, everyone with eczema experiences symptoms like:

  • Skin redness
  • Swelling
  • Dryness
  • Itching
  • Cracks in the skin
  • Bleeding
  • Oozing 

The areas in which eczema rashes appear vary based on age. In infants, eczema rashes usually appear on the scalp and cheeks. Small children tend to get eczema rashes all over, but most often in the creases of the elbows or knees. Adults’ rashes tend to be more scaly and can appear anywhere on the body. 

How is eczema treated?

Even though eczema has no cure, you can manage your condition with help from a trusted dermatologist. The Access Dermatology Clinic team examines your rashes and decides which medications to offer for your skin. 

Some medications are taken orally while others are applied topically. Options include:

  • Immunosuppressants
  • Corticosteroids
  • Antibiotics (for bacterial skin infections)
  • Antihistamines
  • Biologics
  • Barrier repair moisturizers

Another treatment option for eczema is phototherapy. Phototherapy uses UVA and UVB light waves to treat inflammation. 

Alongside your medications and treatments for eczema, the Access Dermatology Clinic team might provide suggestions for home eczema care. You can identify and avoid your triggers, take lukewarm baths, apply moisturizers, and choose soft cotton and other gentle fabrics for your clothing. 

Don’t wait to find relief for the cracking, itching, and irritability that comes with eczema. Schedule your appointment over the phone or online at the nearest Access Dermatology Clinic office today.