Eczema is a general term for a group of conditions that cause the skin to become dry, itchy, red and inflamed. There are many types of eczema. The most common type is atopic dermatitis.  Atopic dermatitis (AD) often presents as an itchy, red rash or dry, scaly patches on the skin. We see AD most commonly in kids, but it can develop at any time. It commonly shows up on the face, inside of elbows, and behind the knees, but it can also show up anywhere on the body.

There are many different cells involved in your immune system that triggers AD, and usually it is a combination of genes and triggers in the environment, such as pollen or animal dander. Weather changes, chemicals, and certain types of clothing can also trigger AD. Less commonly, certain foods can be a trigger for AD as well.

Children and families with history of allergies (“hay fever”) and asthma are more likely to develop AD. Unfortunately, there is no cure for AD, however there are several very safe and effective treatment options.   The most important parts of treatment is daily bathing and moisturizing, avoiding triggers, and using medications as directed.

There are many topical treatments available (both topical steroids and non-steroid options) as well as oral medications, special bathing techniques and wraps, and even a specialized biologic medication that is safe to use for AD.

Eczema can be very frustrating, because even if you feel you are doing everything correctly, your eczema can still flare without any trigger exposure. Parents and patients are often wondering, “What did I get into to make my eczema flare?”  Eczema flares “out of the blue” are common, and happen no matter how consistent you are with treatment. You’re not alone! It’s important to follow up with your allergist regularly to discuss the best treatment for you. If you are struggling with eczema, come in for an appointment! We can help you identify your triggers and come up with a safe and effective treatment plan personalized for you.

 

Physician Assistants (PAs) are medical professionals who diagnose illnesses, order and interpret tests, create and manage treatment plans, and prescribe medications.

 

PAs are educated at the master’s degree level. There are more than 255 PA training programs in the country and admission is highly competitive. Admission requires a bachelor’s degree, completion of many science prerequisite courses, as well as an average of more than 3000 hours of direct patient care. After getting a bachelor’s degree, PA training is approximately 27 months, or 3 academic years. PA school includes classroom instruction and more than 2000 hours of clinical rotations in various specialties, including family medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine, surgery, and OB/Gyn. In addition to their training, PAs are required to complete 100 hours of continuing medical education (CME) every 2 years as well as take a national board exam every 10 years, so they are up to date on the best medical practices and guidelines.

 

PAs are committed to team practice with physicians and other healthcare providers and improve access to healthcare for patients all over the country. PAs practice in every state, medical setting and specialty. Most patients that have seen PAs regard them as trusted healthcare providers and feel they improve the quality of their healthcare.

 

At Arizona Asthma and Allergy Institute, we have seven physician assistants that see patients at all of our office locations. All of our PAs work closely with our physicians to provide the best care to our patients. To learn more about our PAs, check them out on our website at https://azsneeze.com/providers/

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