Eczema Specialist

My Primary Care Clinic

Primary Care Practice located in San Marcos, TX

While you can treat eczema at home, if your skin condition is making it difficult for you to get a good night’s rest, it may be time to visit My Primary Care Clinic. The primary care team offers same day and urgent appointments so they can quickly treat your eczema to relieve your symptoms. If you live in or around San Marcos, Texas, call today or book an appointment using the online booking agent.

Eczema Q & A

My Primary Care Clinic

What is eczema?

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition that makes your skin dry, itchy, red, or scaly.

Your skin is your body’s first line of defense against foreign invaders, such as irritants, bacteria, and allergens. People with eczema have a variation in the gene responsible for this protection, thus making the skin more vulnerable to invaders, which then leads to the irritation.

Due to the genetic component of eczema, you’re more likely to develop the skin condition if it runs in your family.

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Common symptoms of eczema include:

  • Patchy red or brown skin
  • Severe itching that’s worse at night
  • Dry flaky skin
  • Red bumps that leak fluid and become crusty

The constant scratching of your eczema may make your skin condition worse, leading to additional symptoms such as swelling and increased sensitivity.

When should you go see your provider for eczema?

You should come in to see the team at My Primary Care Clinic if you’re experiencing eczema symptoms for the first time. The team can evaluate your skin and provide treatment options to help minimize your symptoms and prevent outbreaks.

You should also come to the clinic if:

  • Your eczema is affecting your sleep or daily activities
  • You can’t control your outbreaks with home remedies
  • You have an infection

How is eczema treated?

It’s important to get treatment early to prevent worsening of your symptoms. There’s no one treatment that works for everyone, and the team works closely with you to help develop a treatment plan that relieves your symptoms. It can take time to find the right combination of medications, creams, and home remedies to help keep your skin symptom free.

Common treatments include:

  • Topical creams to control itching and promote healing
  • Corticosteroids to minimize inflammation
  • Antibiotics as needed to clear up infections

The FDA recently approved an injectable medication for eczema called dupilumab, which is prescribed if you have a severe case of the skin disorder that hasn’t responded well to other treatments.

How can you manage eczema at home?

In addition to prescription medicine, the team at My Primary Care Clinic also recommends home remedies to help manage symptoms, including:

  • Moisturizing twice a day
  • Taking an over-the-counter allergy medication
  • Taking oatmeal baths
  • Using soaps and detergents designed for sensitive skin

For help treating your eczema, call the office or book an appointment online.