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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.

August 08, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: rash   Rash types   Rash Treatments  

RashThough they are often nothing to worry about, discovering a rash on your skin can be an alarming experience. Understanding some common types of rashes and how you can care for them can help you successfully deal with your condition. Find out more about rashes and their treatments with Dr. Vernon Mackey at Advanced Desert Dermatology in Peoria, AZ.

Examples of Common Rashes

  • Contact Dermatitis: This type of rash produces red, itchy skin and occurs due to physical contact with an allergen. This rash may blister, ooze, or become crusty after a day or two.
  • Rosacea: This chronic condition can have flare-ups where it becomes worse. Rosacea often has a trigger, such as spicy food or stress, and normally occurs on the face, neck, and chest.
  • Impetigo: Impetigo occurs on the face, usually around the mouth, chin, and nose areas. This condition produces blisters which, after popping, form a crusty layer.
  • Eczema: Eczema causes a rough, inflamed rash that can itch and bleed. Eczema often occurs on the inner elbows and knees and neck.
  • Psoriasis: This condition causes scaly, silvery patches of skin that often produces no symptoms, but can become itchy. Psoriasis normally presents itself on the knees, lower back, scalp, and elbows.
  • Hives: Hives are raised, red, swollen bumps that are usually the result of an allergic reaction but can sometimes happen for no known reason. Hives usually itch but may sting or burn.

Rash Treatments in Peoria, AZ
Treating a rash depends on what kind of rash you have and its severity. In some cases, a simple over-the-counter ointment is enough to relieve the symptoms of your rash. However, your doctor may prescribe a stronger medication if over-the-counter varieties do not prove successful. Working with your doctor can ensure that you find the best treatment option for your rash.

For more information on treating rashes, please contact Dr. Vernon Mackey at Advanced Desert Dermatology in Peoria, AZ. Call (623) 977-6700 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Mackey today!

July 24, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: rash  

Almost everyone has experienced a rash at one time or another; that itchy, red patch of skin is unmistakable. However, if rashes keepRash appearing and you're not sure why, seeing a dermatologist is necessary to determine the rash's cause and the appropriate treatment. At Advanced Desert Dermatology in Peoria, AZ, Dr. Vernon Mackey sees many patients with rashes. Below, he discusses some of their common causes.

What is a rash?

A rash is the skin's reaction to a stimulus. It can change the way the skin looks and feels, but it is often reddish or pinkish colored due to increased blood flow to that area. The characteristics of a rash often help your dermatologist determine its cause. For example, the rash associated with measles starts at the head and spreads downward. It is usually flat and red but surrounded by clusters of small papules, or bumps.


An allergy is present when the body's immune system overreacts to a normally harmless substance. Food, medication, metals, animal dander and various plants can all cause allergic reactions, and exposure to many of these can cause a rash, which may or may not be itchy, to develop in response. Although there are medications that can help suppress immune reaction, your Peoria dermatologist may suggest avoiding that which triggers your allergies as the most reliable solution.

Side effects

Rashes can also develop as a side effect to certain medications. This is a common occurrence when taking steroids; it often appears as an all-over reddening of the face. There are antibiotics that can also make the skin extremely sensitive to sunlight, increasing the likelihood of a severe sunburn.

Other causes

Numerous other things can cause rashes: chafing, psoriasis or eczema, even pregnancy. Some people break out in a rash when they're nervous or anxious. The good news is that a quick consultation with your dermatologist can help diagnose most of these causes and they can be easily treated.

The best way to determine what's causing your rash is to contact Advanced Desert Dermatology in Peoria, AZ to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mackey. Call our office today to get scheduled!

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 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 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.


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.