Eczema can be mild or severe, appear like a mild rash, or erupt into painful blisters. Dr. Daniel Marshall and his team at Alpine Dermatology Clinic in Rexburg and Idaho Falls, Idaho, can help identify the type of eczema you have and develop the best treatment to relieve symptoms and prevent future flare-ups.
Eczema is a general term for a variety of skin conditions caused by an overactive immune system. Some of the most common forms of eczema include:
Babies and children often develop eczema on their face, but it’s also common in adults and can appear anywhere on the body. Itching is the most common symptom, but symptoms vary depending on the type of eczema. Your skin may become red and swollen, turn dry and scaly, become cracked or blistered, develop a red rash, or produce sores that ooze then crust over. Some types of eczema may be painful.
Many people start treatment at home using an over-the-counter product. Depending on the severity of your eczema, these products may solve the problem, but if they don’t help, please contact Alpine Dermatology Clinic so that you can get symptoms relief.
When you come in for early treatment, we can help you identify the triggers causing your eczema. Almost anything in your environment can cause the immune reaction that leads to an outbreak of eczema, from scratchy clothes and sweating, to animal dander, cleaning products, and dust. As soon as you know the trigger, you can avoid it and lower the risk for future outbreaks.
Some types of eczema, like hand dermatitis, can become chronic if they’re not properly treated as early as possible. When your hands are first exposed to irritants, the resulting rash and itch may be mild. But the damage to skin may build over time, then one day, all of those minor outbreaks turn into skin eruptions that are hard to treat.
In addition to avoiding triggers, Dr. Marshall will begin by teaching you about skin care. It’s important to regularly and frequently apply an emollient moisturizer to protect your skin and help prevent itching. It may also help to use mild soaps that don’t contain deodorants and perfumes, and to limit the amount of time in the shower.
The doctor may prescribe topical hand creams containing a variety of medications that help reduce inflammation and relieve itching. Topical medications are also available that can help reduce flare-ups of eczema and maintain normal skin. In severe cases, oral medications to prevent infection and reduce symptoms may help. Eczema is different for each person, so Dr. Marshall always develops individualized treatment designed to work for you.
Alpine Dermatology will bill most insurance companies as a courtesy to the patient. Please contact your insurance carrier for coverage and benefit details. In most situations we are considered in-network with the following companies and network. Again, we cannot guarantee that we are considered in-network with your individual policy. Please contact your insurance carrier’s customer service department to confirm if we are in-network before your visit.
"I have had a great experience with Alpine Dermatology. I am very happy with how clear my face has been and continues to feel."
"Everyone is so timely and efficient while still giving you all the time you need to ask questions and have your needs taken care of."
"They always take such good care of you and are so nice! You are in good hands at Alpine!"
"I've met with Dr. Marshall for all my visits and he is extremely easy to talk to, confident and helpful. His diagnosis and treatments have been effective."
"The wait was short and the staff was friendly. Dr. Marshall was thorough and didn't rush through the care. I would highly recommend everyone to use Alpine Dermatology."
"I have been so impressed with the professional service that I have received from Alpine Dermatology. I actually enjoy going to the dermatologist now!"