Ducharme Dermatology, Inc

Erin Ducharme, MD, FAAD

Board-Certified Dermatologist located at the junction of Waukee & Clive, Iowa

Doctors refer to irritated skin caused by an overworking immune system as eczema. Although your immune system works to protect you from infections and diseases, when you have eczema, your immune system goes crazy and makes your skin overreact. For itchy, rashy skin due to eczema, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Erin Ducharme, MD at Ducharme Dermatology, Inc. in Clive and Greater Des Moines Area, Iowa.

Eczema Q & A

What are the different types of eczema?

The most common forms of eczema include:

Atopic dermatitis

As the most common form of eczema, atopic dermatitis usually comes with asthma and hay fever. Symptoms include a rash of small, leaky bumps in the creases of your elbows and knees and causes your skin to turn color and thicken.

Atopic dermatitis results from genes, dry skin, immune issues, and environmental triggers breaking down your skin’s natural barrier from irritants and allergens.

Contact dermatitis

Allergic contact dermatitis results from your immune system reacting to a chemical or other substance causing it to become red and inflamed.

Other symptoms include:

  • Itchy, burning, and stinging
  • Hives
  • Fluid-filled blisters

Dyshidrotic eczema

If your blisters are confined to your fingers, toes, palms, and soles of your feet, Dr. Ducharme diagnoses you with dyshidrotic eczema.

Hand eczema

If your career requires you to work with chemicals on a regular basis, resulting in red, itchy, dry hands with cracks and blisters, Dr. Ducharme has ways to relieve your hand eczema.


Similar to atopic dermatitis, neurodermatitis causes itchy, thick, scaly patches on those with other forms of eczema or psoriasis. Stress is the primary cause of neurodermatitis.

Nummular eczema

Itchy, coin-shaped spots often result in a diagnosis of nummular eczema and usually result from insect bites or allergic reactions to metals or chemicals, as well as dry skin.

Stasis dermatitis

Varicose veins and other blood flow problems caused by a heart malfunction, often result in stasis dermatitis, which develops from fluid leaking out of your weakened veins into your skin, causing your lower legs and tops of your feet to present with:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Pain
  • Dryness
  • Open sores

How is eczema diagnosed?

Dr. Ducharme diagnoses your eczema through an examination of your skin and a review of your medical history. Additional testing helps rule out other skin diseases.

How is eczema treated?

Regardless of the treatment Dr. Ducharme offers, eczema is known to come and go. Avoiding triggers helps reduce flare-ups. When an outbreak occurs, Dr. Ducharme recommends:

  • Oral antihistamines to control itching
  • Corticosteroid cream to reduce irritation
  • Oral steroids to curb swelling
  • Calcineurin inhibitors to decrease your immune response that leads to redness and itching
  • Antibiotics for skin infections
  • Light therapy helps heal your rash.

Call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Erin Ducharme, MD at Ducharme Dermatology, Inc. in Clive, Iowa for help relieving your eczema.