Rana's Family Medical -  - Primary Care

Rana's Family Medical

Primary Care Practice & Family Medicine located in Wilburton, OK

Uncontrolled eczema can be enough to make you lose sleep at night because of unbearable symptoms. Gerald D. Rana, Jr., DO, DPH, of Rana’s Family Medical Clinic in Wilburton, Oklahoma, is a board-certified family practitioner who specializes in treating eczema symptoms and the underlying causes of this chronic skin condition. If you or a member of your family struggles to manage eczema symptoms, Dr. Rana can help. Request an appointment online or by phone to get effective, individualized treatments.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema is a group of skin conditions that cause patches of red, inflamed, itchy skin. It often looks like a rash, but it isn’t contagious. Sometimes, environmental factors trigger eczema symptoms, or flare-ups. Since there is no cure for this chronic condition, treatments focus on reducing flare-ups and keeping symptoms under control.

There are numerous different types of eczema, including:

  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Dyshidrotic eczema
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Nummular eczema
  • Stasis dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is the most common type of the condition, and it’s possible to have more than one type of eczema at the same time.

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Eczema symptoms vary from person to person, but typical symptoms include a red, itchy, rash and dry skin. Atopic dermatitis symptoms may include any of the following:

  • Small, raised, itchy bumps that leak fluid and crust over
  • Cracked, dry, scaly skin
  • Severe itching and irritation
  • Red or brownish-colored patches of skin

Eczema symptoms most often occur on your hands, feet, ankles, or chest. Children often get eczema on their face and scalp, or at the bends in their knees and elbows.

What treatments can keep eczema symptoms under control?

Dr. Rana takes an individualized, whole-person approach to treating your eczema symptoms. He talks to you about triggers that may be making your symptoms worse or causing more frequent flare-ups. Once you understand the underlying causes of your eczema symptoms, you can take steps to reduce their effect or avoid them altogether.

Your individualized eczema treatment plan may include:

  • Skin creams and ointments
  • Medicine
  • Light therapy
  • Dietary changes
  • Changes to your skin care routine
  • Stress management
  • Avoiding soaps, detergents, and other allergens

Often, a combination of lifestyle changes and effective topical treatments can make a significant difference in the severity of your eczema symptoms and the frequency of flare-ups.

If the itching of eczema keeps you awake at night or makes it hard to concentrate at work or during your daily activities, it may be time to seek Dr. Rana’s expert medical care. Since one of his specialty areas is dermatology, he can help you determine the causes and triggers of your symptoms and prescribe an effective, long-term treatment plan.

For a same-day appointment or to schedule at a convenient time, call the office, or use the online booking tool.