Now accepting Telehealth appointments. Schedule a virtual visit.

Eczema Specialist

Angel Allen, MD -  - Dermatologist

Angel Allen Dermatology

Angel Allen, MD

Dermatologist located in Jefferson City, MO & Lake Ozark, MO

Intermittent dryness, scaling, and itching on your skin often indicate a non-contagious, yet irritating condition called eczema. Located in Jefferson City and Lake Ozark, Missouri, Angel Allen, MD, and the team at Angel Allen Dermatology provide noninvasive treatments and prevention strategies for eczema symptoms. To find out if you or your child has eczema and learn about available treatments, call Angel Allen Dermatology, or book your appointment online today.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema is a skin condition causing intermittent irritation and itching. It has numerous forms, each presenting with different symptoms. Dr. Allen examines your skin to tell you which type of eczema you have and the treatments that can relieve the inflammation. 

Regardless of which type of eczema affects you, you might experience some or all of these symptoms:

  • Skin dryness and sensitivity
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Inflammation
  • Scaly skin patches
  • Weeping, oozing, or crusting skin

The most common form of eczema, called atopic dermatitis, is long-lasting and usually first appears in childhood. You might get few or no flare-ups as an adult, but the condition has no cure. It isn’t contagious, so you don’t need to fully avoid skin-to-skin contact with others during a flare-up. 

What causes eczema?

Eczema comes from a combination of genetic factors and environmental irritants. If you have eczema, it means your skin is genetically unable to protect itself adequately against irritants in your environment or allergens to which your immune system is sensitive. 

Various irritants, allergens, and other triggers can directly lead to eczema flare-ups. At Angel Allen Dermatology, Dr. Allen can help you identify specific triggers that you can avoid to reduce the number of flare-ups you get. Common eczema triggers include:

  • Wind and dry environments
  • Hand soap
  • Dish soap
  • Laundry detergent
  • Certain metals (particularly nickel)
  • Fragrances
  • Disinfectants
  • Fruit juices
  • Wool
  • Polyester

If you have eczema, your reactions might be the result of an overactive immune system. Although your immune system normally stops negative reactions and illnesses from happening in your body, an overactive immune system can cause rashes like eczema and other forms of inflammation. 

How can I relieve my eczema?

Dr. Allen specializes in treating eczema and helping you prevent future flare-ups. Although eczema has no cure, there are many treatment options to relieve its symptoms. 

After examining your skin during a flare-up, identifying potential triggers, and reviewing your medical history, Dr. Allen can make personalized treatment recommendations for your skin. She might suggest or prescribe:

Topical medications

Some topical medicated products work well to reduce eczema inflammation and irritation. Dr. Allen often recommends corticosteroid creams, barrier repair moisturizers, and other topical products to treat eczema. Dr. Allen only recommends the highest-quality skin products, including brands like EltaMD® and Blue Lizard® Sunscreen.

Oral or injectable corticosteroids

If topical corticosteroids can’t effectively treat your eczema, taking oral or injectable corticosteroids for a short period of time under Dr. Allen’s care can relieve some of your skin inflammation. 

Phototherapy

Phototherapy utilizes ultraviolet (UV) A and B light to lower mild-to-moderate eczema inflammation. 

Home care

Home care can relieve current flare-ups and prevent future eczema symptoms. Dr. Allen can recommend gentle moisturizers and soaps, shorter baths or showers, and other home care steps for eczema treatment and prevention. 

If you or your child gets intermittent eczema flare-ups and need to find lasting relief for your symptoms, call Angel Allen Dermatology today, or book your treatment consultation online at your convenience.