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Eczema Specialist

Kevin Farnam, MD -  - Allergist

Adult and Children Allergy Asthma Center

Kevin Farnam, MD

Allergist located in Pasadena, CA

Eczema can be itchy, painful, and frustrating, but it doesn't have to be that way. Kevin Farnam, MD, an allergist at Adult and Children Allergy Asthma Center, serving patients in Pasadena, CA, can help.

Eczema Q & A

What is Eczema?

Eczema is a condition that causes serious skin inflammation. People who have naturally dry skin have issues with the skin barrier, namely that they don't make enough oils and fats to keep the skin properly moisturized. When a person has eczema, the skin can't protect the body from bacteria and viruses because it has a damaged barrier. The bacteria and viruses are easily able to enter the body, leaving behind evidence in the form of redness, scales, and rough patches on the skin.

Who is at Risk for Eczema?

Children have the highest risk for developing eczema. About 20 percent of the worldwide population currently has eczema. Exactly why eczema develops isn't known at this time, but recent studies suggest that exposure to allergens, a rise in pollution levels, and lack of vitamin D may all be tied to eczema.

Where Does Eczema Develop on the Body?

Eczema is often seen in areas like the elbows and the backs of the knees. In very young children, the face is the area most commonly affected by eczema.

What Are the Triggers for Eczema?

Eczema triggers can be different from one person to another. Many people have eczema flares after they are exposed to harsh substances like laundry detergents or other soaps. Other possible reasons for eczema flares include humid weather, extreme stress, and profuse perspiration. Eczema is often the first sign of allergic diseases like allergic rhinitis. This is most likely due to the fact that the skin is unable to defend itself from aeroallergens or airborne food allergens. This often results in higher skin sensitivity and may cause allergic disorders.

How is Eczema Treated?

Keeping the skin moisturized is critical in eczema treatment. Emollient moisturizing gels or creams may be used, and topical steroids may also be helpful to alleviate flares. Once the triggers are known, Dr. Farnam can create the best eczema treatment plan for the individual patient.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Dr. Farnam's office, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
Excluding these specific plans: Blue Cross Select PPO Health Net Enhanced Care PPO

Blue Cross
Blue Shield
Health Net
United Healthcare