Psoriasis & Eczema
Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease that affects the skin. The symptoms of psoriasis are treatable but there is no cure. It is typically a lifelong disease.
Eczema is a general term for any type of inflammation of the skin (dermatitis) that causes itching, redness or sometimes blistering of the skin.
What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease that affects the skin. The symptoms of psoriasis are treatable but there is no cure. It is typically a lifelong disease. Psoriasis is not contagious. The exact cause of psoriasis is not known but is related to the body’s immune system. The cells in the immune system treat skin cells as foreign resulting in a red, itchy, scaly rash. There are several different types of psoriasis including plaque, guttate, inverse, pustule, and erythrodermic. The most common is plaque.
Psoriasis is a very problematic skin condition that has a strong genetic component. It is most often diagnosed by examination only but may require a skin biopsy or scraping.
How do I treat psoriasis?
Psoriasis can be treated with topical agents, phototherapy and oral medications.
· Topical agents include moisturizers, corticosteroids, retinoids, and Vitamin D creams. The purpose of these agents is reduce the inflammation and suppress skin cell production.
· Phototherapy in the form of sunlight or UVB light can be effective in suppressing skin sell production. Care should be used to reduce the possible overexposure resulting in skin cancer.
· Oral or intravenous medications include the immunosuppressive drugs methotrexate, cyclosporine, and retinoids. There are several other medications provided under the direction of physicians that help relieve the symptoms of psoriasis.
What is eczema?
Eczema is a general term for any type of inflammation of the skin (dermatitis) that causes itching, redness or sometimes blistering of the skin. Some of the more common skin disease that fit into this category are:
Atopic dermatitis, a very common type of eczema that often begins in childhood. It varies in presentation but is often present around the knees and elbows. It may fade during child hood but can be present for a lifetime.
Contact dermatitis is associated with contact with a specific substance or allergen. Substances can include chemicals, perfumes, plants, metals, pets, etc. It can be avoided by avoiding contact with the allergen.
Seborrheic dermatitis presents as a red, itchy, scaly rash in the hair and around the eyelids, eyebrows, nose, ears and chest. The cause is unknown.
How do I treat Eczema?
Eczema can be treated with over-the-counter medications or prescription medications.
Over-the-counter medications include moisturizing creams and lotions. They treat the symptoms of eczema but do not treat the cause. Products containing 1% hydrocortisone work to moisturize and reduce the redness, itching and scaling associated with eczema. Regular use can reduce the flare ups associated with this disease.
Prescription medications work to including topical ointments and oral medications, work to reduce the flare ups of eczema by suppressing the immune response associated with the disease.
Is eczema contagious?
No eczema is not contagious.
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How can Dr. Dan’s help with my Psoriasis?
Dr Dan’s Hand and Body Lotion can help to heal and soften the areas of dry, painful skin affected by conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. When used on a daily basis it can help keep those areas of dry, painful skin soft and moist feeling and keep them from cracking and causing more discomfort. For the chapped, dry lips, use Dr Dan’s CortiBalm. It really works to heal your lips and keep them soft and moist.