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By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
October 12, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Eczema   rash   Eczema Treatment  

Treating EczemaEczema is a condition affecting the skin. Symptoms of eczema include itchiness, redness, scaliness, leathery patches, and rashes. Eczema can cause discomfort due to chronic dryness and itchiness. Fortunately, the symptoms of eczema can be treated. A dermatologist can recommend an appropriate treatment. At Advanced Desert Dermatology, Dr. Vernon Mackey is your dermatologist for the treatment of eczema in Peoria, AZ.

What is Eczema?

The cause of eczema is unknown, but it can be triggered by a number of factors, such as the weather, allergens, and irritants (e.g., harsh chemicals). Eczema is not contagious, but it does seem to run in families. Eczema affects the skin and can result in a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Inflammation
  • Itchiness
  • Dryness
  • Blistering
  • Scaliness
  • Redness
  • Leathery patches
  • Rashes

There are actually multiple types of eczema. The most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis and it runs in families. Contact dermatitis is another type of eczema and is triggered by irritants or allergens. Other types of eczema include dyshidrotic dermatitis, nummular dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, and Stasis dermatitis. A dermatologist can recommend an appropriate treatment for the specific type of eczema affecting you.

Eczema Treatments

Several options are available for treating eczema in Peoria. Over-the-counter itch relief creams and antihistamines can be used to treat mild flare-ups of eczema. Eczema that is more persistent or severe is best treated by a dermatologist who can prescribe prescription strength corticosteroids, steroid creams, anti-fungal creams, or antibiotics. In addition to treating eczema flare-ups, it is also possible to prevent them by using mild products on the skin, avoiding known eczema triggers, and avoiding scratching the skin.

Eczema is a chronic condition that can be uncomfortable. Fortunately, several effective treatment options are available. A dermatologist can recommend an effective treatment for you. To learn more about the different eczema treatments available and for treatment of eczema in Peoria, AZ schedule an appointment with Dr. Mackey by calling Advanced Desert Dermatology at (623) 977-6700.

By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
February 02, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Eczema   Dry Skin   Skin Care   Itch  

Eczema is made up of itchy patches of dry skinPracticing a simple skin regimen every day can help keep your skin healthy and more youthful in appearance. If you suffer from eczema or dry skin, with the development of a proper skin care routine from your dermatologist you can easily be on your way to healthier skin. Dry skin is not a serious condition, but it can be uncomfortable and unsightly, turning plump cells into shriveled ones, and creating fine lines and wrinkles. A more serious type of dry skin is eczema, which is a general term for rash-like skin conditions.  

Follow Proper Skin Care Routines from Your Dermatologist

Eczema can’t be cured, but it can be managed. In order to effectively manage your eczema, it is important to avoid the things that trigger your breakouts. Limit your contact with external factors that can irritate your skin and wear gloves to protect the skin on your hands.  

It is critical that basic skin care measures be maintained in order to keep dry skin and eczema under control. Your dermatologist can help you determine a proper skin care routine that will help your condition and continue to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy. Some basic steps may include:

  • Wash your skin twice a day with a gentle non-soap cleanser.
  • Use a moisturizer twice a day.
  • Use a sunscreen every day.
  • Choose makeup that is oil-free and non-comedogenic.
  • Protect your lips with lip block or lipsticks with sunscreen.
  • Avoid long hot showers or baths.

If you suffer from dry skin or eczema, visit your dermatologist today for further diagnosis and treatment. Your dermatologist will be able to set up an effective and appropriate regimen to manage or eliminate your ailments. 

By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
January 23, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Eczema  

Those red/orange patches have returned to your hands and elbows. The itchiness bothers you, but you know that if you scratch your skin, ECZEMAyou'll just worsen these scaly areas. What would relieve your eczema? Please consult your dermatologist, Dr. Vernon Thomas Mackey, at Advanced Desert Dermatology. Dr. Mackey diagnoses and treats skin conditions of all kinds, including eczema, in his Peoria, AZ, office. He is an expert on the various types of eczema, their triggers, and how patients just like you can control this chronic skin condition.

The details on eczema

Research indicates that the inflammation, itchiness, burning and raised skin patches common to eczema in Peoria, AZ, stem from auto-immune sources. The National Eczema Association states the 30 million adults and children in the United States suffer with eczema, and yes, it originates in their own bodies, runs in their families, and flares up in response to a wide range of triggers.

Areas behind the knees and on the face, back, elbows and abdomen become inflamed because of an allergic reaction to or contact with certain substances, including:

  • Pet dander or animal proteins (such as dog saliva)
  • Detergents
  • Perfumes
  • Smoke
  • Pollen
  • Fabrics such as wool

They aggravate the two most common forms of eczema: atopic dermatitis and contact dermatitis. Both appear associated with two other autoimmune disorders: asthma and hay fever.

After visual inspection by your dermatologist, he'll likely recommend some common sense treatments for these kinds of eczema, including:

  • No scratching to avoid the itch/scratch cycle
  • Moisturizing creams
  • Topical steroids in severe cases
  • Avoidance of what triggers your symptoms


Other forms of eczema

Another common kind of eczema is dyshidrotic eczema, and it's primarily a women's skin issue. Marked by small, super-itchy, red blisters on the hands and feet, dyshidrotic eczema comes on with stress, moisture on the hands and feet (sweat), and contact with pollen, nickel (jewelry) and cobalt (often found in paint).

Other individuals suffer with lichen simplex  chronicus , an eczema that causes large leathery skin patches. Stress is the major trigger with this skin problem, and medications containing deep moisturizers, zinc, or steroids are the treatment of choice for this stubborn condition.

Finally, nummular (discoid), seborrheic (involving the hair follicles), and stasis eczema (resulting from poor circulation in the extremities) cause varying degrees of itchiness, lesions and

skin breakdown. While all forms of eczema may lead to scarring and skin thickening if untreated, stasis dermatitis may damage the skin extensively, leaving ulcers and infection.

Finding relief for eczema

You can when you consult Dr. Mackey and his team at Advanced Desert Dermatology in Peoria, AZ. Call his office team at (623) 977-6700 to schedule your appointment.

By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
March 24, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Acne   Eczema   rashes  

Skin problems? Rashes, acne and eczema are just a few skin disorders that affect people every day. Some skin conditions can be minor skin problemsand easily treated -- while others can be very serious. Dr. Vernon Thomas Mackey of Advanced Desert Dermatology, which is located in Peoria, AZ, offers a full range of dermatology services. Read on to learn about rashes, acne and eczema and their treatments.

Rashes Overview

A skin rash refers to any sort of skin inflammation and/or discoloration that distors the skin's appearance. Common skin rashes include hives, poison ivy, eczema and athlete's foot. Infections that cause rashes may be viral, parasitic, bacterial or fungal. A skin rash lasting more than a few days should be evaluated by a Peoria dermatologist.

Rashes Treatments

Because skin rashes can be caused by many different things, it's important to figure out what kind you have before you treat it. Treatments may include baths, lotions, moisturizers, antihistamines, which relieve itching, and cortisone creams that relieve swelling. Although most skin rashes clear up quickly, others are long-lasting and need long-term treatment.

Acne Overview

Acne is a skin condition that occurs when hair follicles are clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Acne lesions include small bumps, blackheads, whiteheads and nodules and cysts. The resulting appearance can lead to reduced self-esteem, anxiety and depression. If OTC treatments don't control your acne, you should see a dermatologist about your acne.

Acne Treatments

Antibiotics may be prescribed by your doctor for the treatment of acne. Antibiotics work by killing excess bacteria and reducing redness. Benzoyl peroxide is the world's most frequently prescribed acne treatment. Benzoyl peroxide is an antibacterial agent that kills the bacteria that cause breakouts. Tretinoin gel is a drug prescribed to treat acne. Tretinoin clears your skin from within. It unclogs pores and promotes peeling of affected skin areas.

Eczema Overview

Eczema is a group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become irritated or inflamed. Eczema symptoms include red, itchy and dry skin caused by inflammation. The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but it's believed to develop due to a combination of environmental and hereditary factors. For those suffering with eczema, it's important to consult with a dermatologist.

Eczema Treatments

Eczema is treated with steroid creams, oral medications, Ultraviolet light therapy and good skin care. There are also prescription creams that treat eczema by controlling inflammation and reducing the immune system reactions. You can prevent some types of eczema by avoiding things that you're allergic to and things that irritate your skin, such as certain lotions and soaps.

If you have a skin problem, who should you call? A dermatologist, of course. Call Advanced Desert Dermatology at (623) 977-6700 today to schedule an appointment in Peoria, AZ. Get your life back on track by receiving the best skin treatments available. Everyone deserves healthy, beautiful skin.

By Advanced Desert Dermatology
July 22, 2016
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Eczema   rash   hives  

Learn about common types of rashes and their causes from your Peoria dermatologist.

Concerned about an itchy, red rash? Dr. Vernon Mackey, your Peoria, AZ dermatologist, shares information about several common rashcauses of rashes.

Contact dermatitis

Contact dermatitis occurs when your skin comes in contact with an irritating substance, such as an allergen, irritant or chemical. The rash usually disappears in about two to four weeks as long as you are no longer exposed to the allergen or irritant. Contact dermatitis can occur if you come in contact with poison ivy or other poison plants, or have a reaction to perfumes, lotions, soaps, hair dyes, cosmetics or rubber. Some people are sensitive to nickel found in gold and metal jewelry, belt buckles, buttons and zippers, and develop rashes after exposure.

Hives

Hives causes red, itchy welts, usually on the trunk of your body, although they can affect other areas. They tend to appear if you experience an allergic reaction to insect bites, foods or medications. Some people also notice them when exercising or after exposure to hot or cold temperatures. Hives usually aren't serious, although they can block your airway if they develop in your lungs, throat or tongue. Hives typically last 30 minutes to several days and are usually treated with antihistamines.

Eczema

Eczema causes itchy, red, dry skin. If you have the condition, you may develop red bumps that leak fluid, then crust over. Eczema can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, immune system problems, irritants, allergens or environmental conditions. People who have hay fever or allergens may also have eczema. Corticosteroid creams and gels, antihistamines and prescription medications can help relieve your symptoms.

Viruses

Rashes can also accompany illnesses. They're more common in children, but can occur at any age. If your rash is accompanied by a fever or other signs of illness, an virus is probably to blame. Unnamed viruses can trigger a rash, in addition to fifth disease, chicken pox and roseola. Rashes caused by viruses will gradually fade as you recover from the illness.

Are you concerned about a rash that just won't go away? Call Dr. Mackey, your Peoria, AZ dermatologist, at (623) 977-6700 to schedule an appointment to discuss treatment options.