The Eczema Clinic at San Tan Allergy and Asthma is the first comprehensive eczema treatment clinic in Arizona. Our board certified physicians have extensive knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of eczema and have high rates of success in achieving disease response and sustained improvement. Because of the complexity involved in treating eczema, our expertise plays a critical part in monitoring and carefully adjusting the therapeutic approach to provide the best outcome for our patients.

We provide a comprehensive evaluation and therapies tailored to each patient’s individual needs. We also specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions often associated with eczema including contact dermatitis, viral and bacterial skin infections, food allergy, environmental allergy, and asthma.

The Eczema Clinic Services

  • A partnership between the patient, family, and the eczema team
  • Expertise in difficult to manage eczema and related diseases
  • Evaluation for other allergic conditions including asthma, allergic rhinitis, contact dermatitis, and food allergies
  • Comprehensive testing and challenges where needed, including:
    • Environmental skin testing
    • Food allergy skin testing
    • Patch testing
    • Skin biopsies
    • Food challenges
  • In-depth one-on-one teaching including the application of wraps and topical medications
  • If necessary, treatment with biologic agents targeting the immune system
  • Opportunities to participate in clinical research related to the treatment of eczema

Educational Sessions

Lectures about the causes and treatment of eczema

Teaching sessions on skin care techniques

Review of new research findings

Question and answer sessions with a provider specializing in eczema management

What is Eczema?

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is the most common chronic skin condition affecting children. This inflammatory skin disease often begins in early childhood, but can persist into adulthood. Approximately 1/10 people will suffer from eczema at some point in their life.

The exact cause of atopic dermatitis is unknown, although the primary defect involves the skin barrier function. The disease tends to run in families, suggesting a genetic component, and is associated with environmental allergies, food allergies, and asthma. It is often the first sign of allergy in children.

Atopic dermatitis is characterized by dry, cracked, and irritated skin that can be associated with intense, difficult to control itching. The itching can interfere with daily activities, including sleep, and significantly impacts quality of life.

Scratching can irritate the skin, further disrupt the skin barrier, and thus predispose patients to skin infections. When severe, atopic dermatitis can interfere with a child’s normal growth and development. Therefore, breaking the chronic itch-scratch cycle is integral to successfully treating atopic dermatitis.

The management of atopic dermatitis can be difficult and often requires intensive education and treatment to successfully control the disease. The Eczema Clinic at San Tan Allergy is dedicated to addressing the individual needs of each patient and providing patient and their families with the resources and education necessary to control this complex disease.

How is Eczema Treated?

The most important step in eczema treatment is restoration of moisture to dry skin and repair of the disrupted skin barrier. Therefore, the soak and seal method is the foundation of any eczema treatment regimen (link to soak and seal instructions/handout).

Mild – moderate forms of eczema can generally be treated effectively with the soak and seal method utilizing as needed topical prescription medications. These medications may include steroid creams or ointments, non-steroidal calcineurin antagonists (elidel, protopic) or a topical phosphodiesterase 4 inhibitor (Eucrisa). In some cases, wet wrap therapy may also be recommended (link to wet wrap instructions).

Patients with more severe eczema may require treatment with systemic immunosuppressant medications or a biologic medication, Dupixent, which is a monthly injection. Patients can have specific triggers that may result in eczema exacerbations, including irritants, allergens, infections, and emotional factors. Assessment for and elimination of these potential triggers is also an important part of treatment at The Eczema Clinic at San Tan Allergy and Asthma.

Extensive Experience in Treating Eczema

All of the providers at San Tan Allergy & Asthma are prepared to manage even the most severe cases of eczema. Dr. Jain, Dr. Hill, and Dr. Shimamoto each completed fellowship programs in Allergy & Immunology at National Jewish Health Center, one of the leading eczema care centers in the country. They were fortunate to train with leading experts in their field and had involvement with various research studies. Additionally, Dr. Jain sat on the National Board of Directors for the National Eczema Association. Currently, the providers at San Tan Allergy & Asthma are active in eczema research and have been involved in multiple eczema research trails. Our specialists work hard to find treatment for eczema so our patients can experience optimal relief.

Neal Jain, M.D. Eczema and Allergies

San Tan Allergy & Asthma offers a variety of testing services and treatments for various allergic and immunological conditions. Our Gilbert allergy doctors can give you the proper allergy testing near Chandler to find the cause of your allergies, and our asthma doctors near Mesa can help give you the proper treatment for better respiratory function. We serve patients throughout the valley including Phoenix, Queen Creek, Tempe, and more. Contact our Gilbert allergy and asthma doctors to schedule an appointment today.

S Reed Shimamoto, MD, FAAP

Neal Jain, MD, FAAP, FAAAAI

Dr. Jennifer Hill, MD

Testimonials

Testimonial Quote

Dr. Jain,

I just want to drop you a note of thanks regarding your treatment of my daughter Anabelle and her eczema. We came to you in April of this year (2018), after over a year of me trying everything possible to avoid seeing a doctor bc I didn’t want her to be put on meds for what I thought would only “mask” her symptoms. As a last ditch effort, I went beyond my pediatrician who suggested we continued to use cortisone and just wait, and brought her to see you.

The experience at our 2 appointments were more than I could have asked for. You took the time to explain everything thoroughly and were respectful of my hopes to not have her on prescriptions for the long term. Because if that, I happily followed every bit of your advice from twice a Day baths to the steroid creams, the vit D and probiotic.

After 2 months of rigorously following your treatment. We tapered off the prescription creams until we no longer needed them at all. HER SKIN IS COMPLETELY CLEAR AND HEALTHY…no more incessant runny nose either! We have and will continue the Vit D drops and probiotics, but are back to our normal bathing and lotions, without a single eczema spot. I will keep this picture that I have attached from the week I brought her to see you forever….sometimes I start thinking maybe I exaggerated it in my head, but it was terrible! (Though I am sure, in your work, you see much worse). I can’t thank you and your staff enough. I would and will recommend anyone I encounter with something similar to seek out your care.

You may think “I was just doing my job…”. I wan’t you to know, that I feel you went above and beyond and I am very grateful. Thank you so very much!

Ashley

Baby Eczema before

Baby Eczema after