Dr. Gasch speaks on the importance of patient education and awareness of various treatment options for eczema
Dr. Bernard Gasch, an expert dermatologist at the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery in Portland, Oregon, reports that Eczema Awareness Month is fast-approaching. With Eczema Awareness Month set to begin on October 1, Dr. Gasch takes a minute to discuss this condition, which can often be uncomfortable as well as debilitating.
"Eczema is a chronic skin condition, which flares periodically. When the condition flares, visible rough, bright-red rashes appear on skin," Dr. Gasch says. Approximately 15 million Americans suffer from eczema, yet many never seek professional help for their condition. According to Dr. Gasch it is important that patients seek professional help for eczema, since a dermatologist can help patients gain control over their symptoms, and give them advice on their treatment options.
Eczema rashes can appear on any part of the body, though they are usually found on the arms and legs. The exact cause of eczema is still unknown; however, many have linked it to genetics. In most cases, the condition first appears in early childhood, in children who suffer from severe food allergies.
Eczema flares can be triggered by any number of factors including touching coarse materials, using soap or detergent containing fragrance or dye, or even high stress levels. Avoiding these triggers is a simple way to help reduce a flare-up.
"I tell my patients that the simplest way to minimize an eczema flare is to avoid scratching their skin," Dr. Gasch explains. Scratching will cause further irritation and cause the flare-up to become worse. Patients must also be aware that, while there is no cure for eczema, there are plenty of effective treatment options. Although each patient's needs differ, common treatments are antibiotics, and oral medications. Eczema leaves patients with extremely dry skin, so using fragrance-free lotion is also a great idea for further relief, according to Dr. Gasch.
With Eczema Awareness Month set to begin in October, Dr. Gasch says his practice will continue to emphasize the importance of patient education when it comes to controlling eczema.
Many patients who suffer from eczema are self-conscious about the appearance of their skin, and reluctant to seek treatment for this often embarrassing condition. "Patients need to be aware that there are millions of people out there with same concerns, and that many of their symptoms can be relieved with professional help. During Eczema Awareness Month, I will continue to promote eczema education for my patients, and I will continue to encourage anyone with the condition to consult a compassionate, board-certified dermatologist who will help them manage their skin care symptoms effectively."
Patients are encouraged to learn more at http://www.centerdermlaser.com.
About Dr. Gasch
Dr. Bernard Gasch is a highly-respected dermatologist, practicing in West Portland and Beaverton, as well as Hillsboro, OR. Board-Certified in Dermatology since 2003, Dr. Gasch completed a residency in both Dermatology as well as Internal Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital. A Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, Dr. Gasch is also a Fellow of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery as well as the American Academy of Dermatology and a member of the National Rosacea Society.
Combining his knowledge of dermatology and internal medicine, Dr. Gasch offers extensive experience in identifying skin issues that may be related to underlying medical conditions. Also, adopting a patient-centered approach, Dr. Gasch offers the most appropriate and desired general and cosmetic solutions for multiple skin concerns.
Along with his colleague, Dr. Beata Rydzik, Dr. Gasch can be reached at 503-297-3440. Interested parties can also visit their website at http://www.centerdermlaser.com/