Eczema Specialist

Avaya Wellness Center

Acupuncturists & Herbalists located in SoMa, San Francisco, CA

Patients at the Avaya Wellness Center in the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco, California are treated by Dr. Mendake for eczema with a variety of services acupuncture, yoga, herbalism and traditional Chinese medicine .

Eczema Q & A

What is Eczema?

Eczema is a skin condition that causes an itchy red rash. Sometimes called atopic dermatitis, it may affect as many as 30 million Americans, according to the National Eczema Association. Babies often develop eczema on the face, while children and adults are more likely to have it on their elbows or behind their knees. However, eczema can develop on any part of the body. Dry, sensitive skin is common, and the intense itch is a notable sign. Scratching makes the itching worse, creating a vicious cycle.

Are Asthma and Eczema Related?

Asthma and eczema may both occur in the same person, along with other related disorders like allergies. What all of these have in common is that the body is reacting to something in the environment like pollen, dust, food, or even cold weather. Some of these conditions occur in childhood and go away as people get older, while others are lifelong.

What Causes Eczema?

No one knows exactly why eczema occurs, but the immune system seems to be involved, and the digestive system may also play a part. Studies have shown that people with eczema are more likely to have food allergies as well, an indicator of immune and digestive system involvement. Genetics may also play a role. However, doctors have identified what are called triggers, that may make eczema symptoms worse. Irritants like soaps and disinfectants, pollen, molds, and pet dander may be triggers for some people.

How is Eczema Treated?

Since food allergies so often go hand-in-hand with eczema, often one of the first steps is to place the patient on an elimination diet. Foods like cow's milk, eggs, and wheat, for example, cause problems for many patients. It's very important to keep the skin moist and well-lubricated with ointments or creams, and to avoid drying agents like soaps. Stress management therapies may be helpful; eczema flares often occur when the patient feels stressed.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Avaya Wellness Center, we accept most insurance plans. We accept United health care, Aetna and Blue Shield PPO plans. We are in network for Cigna and Blue Shield. If you don’t see your insurance on the list, we are happy to check your benefits for you. Please enter your insurance information in the online request for appointment to get details on your benefits.

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