Eczema

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The Center for Primary Healthcare

Internal Medicine & Pediatrics located in Orland Park, IL

Eczema refers to a wide range of skin conditions that often exhibit painful, itchy, and persistent symptoms. At The Center for Primary Healthcare in Orland Park, Illinois, William Crevier, MD, and Suzanne Deese, MSN, APRN, CNP, offer comprehensive treatment for people struggling with eczema. To learn about how you can live a healthy life with as few outbreaks as possible, schedule an appointment with the team today by phone or online.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema refers to an umbrella term that encompasses various skin problems, including:

  • Bumps
  • Blisters
  • Flaking
  • Crusting
  • Dryness
  • Itchiness
  • Oozing
  • Blisters

A typical eczema flare-up manifests itself in the shape of red to brownish or grey patches. Eczema is most commonly found behind the knees, inside your elbows, and between your fingers, though it can develop almost anywhere on your body. In children, eczema typically grows on the face.

In most cases, eczema occurs during childhood and disappears by the time one reaches adolescence. In other instances, eczema continues well into adulthood.

Eczema is also symptomatic of an allergic reaction and often comes hand-in-hand with asthma.

How can I manage my eczema?

Eczema breakouts can occur at any time. Factors in your environment which may contribute to this include:


  • Hot weather
  • Excessive sweating
  • Rough fabrics
  • Chemical-laden detergents


You can identify your triggers by keeping track of what happens right before your flare-up. Once you’ve done that, you might be able to reduce your outbreaks at home. Dr. Crevier also recommends some high-quality moisturizers to keep your eczema at bay.


If these at-home solutions don’t resolve your eczema outbreaks, you may need medical attention. You should also seek medical attention if your outbreaks prevent you from sleeping correctly or if you develop a skin infection.

How do you treat eczema?

Depending on your symptoms and their intensity, your doctor at The Center for Primary Healthcare recommends the following treatment options:


  • Emollient moisturizers
  • Oral biologic medications
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory creams
  • Topical corticosteroid creams
  • Avoidance of tight-fitting clothing

Are you tired of your eczema flare-ups? Get in touch with the expert team at The Center for Primary Healthcare today by phone or online to schedule an appointment.