Eczema & Psoriasis
Conveniently located to serve Thousand Oaks, Carpinteria, and Santa Barbara
Do you have patches of scaly white skin that peel off or skin in certain areas of your body that appears inflamed, cracked, or blistered? These are common symptoms that are associated with psoriasis and eczema. These blemishes or patches can be embarrassing to deal with and make you want to hide or cover your skin, but there are ways to help bring it under control. In order to manage these symptoms properly, however, it’s important to understand the two conditions.
At The Center For Dermatology Care, serving Thousand Oaks, Carpinteria, and Santa Barbara, our team of expert dermatologists are here to help you diagnose and treat your eczema and psoriasis symptoms.
Understanding Psoriasis and Eczema
Psoriasis and eczema are often thought of as similar conditions, but there are distinguishing factors that set these two skin conditions apart. Let’s take a look at the details behind each to fully understand them both.
Eczema is a skin disease, also referred to as atopic dermatitis. Eczema may develop in infants or young children as a dry, red, itchy rash. Most people who will develop eczema develop it before five years of age.
Children with eczema
When a child has eczema, it can be difficult for parents to know what to do to help ease a child’s discomfort. Our expert dermatologists at The Center For Dermatology Care will develop a treatment plan that includes skin care to reduce flare-ups and ease much of the discomfort.
What causes eczema?
The root cause of eczema is largely unknown. There may be a genetic role in eczema and frequently people with eczema may also have hay fever or asthma or allergies. Understanding a patient’s medical and genetic history can help dermatologists determine the right course of treatment for their patient.
How is eczema treated?
Most treatments entail adding additional water or hydration to the skin, and certain medications help resolve the rash and improve the condition. Our board-certified dermatologists at The Center for Dermatology Care will create a treatment plan tailored to the patient’s needs. Most treatment plans consist of skincare, medical therapies, and tips to avoid flare-ups.
Psoriasis is a skin disease, in some ways similar to Eczema. Many people who have psoriasis will have this medical condition for life. It is possible to see clearer skin by learning about psoriasis and seeing a dermatologist at The Center for Dermatology Care for treatment.
What causes psoriasis?
Research has shown that the person’s immune system plays an important role. It seems that the immune system mistakenly activates a type of white blood cell called a T cell. Once activated, the T cells trigger a reaction, causing the skin cells to grow too quickly. New skin cells form in days rather than weeks. The body does not shed these skin cells, so the cells pile up on the surface of the skin. This buildup of cells that turn over too quickly and does not shed appropriately results in the rash that most people know as psoriasis, red scaling thickened plaques on areas of the body, extremities, or scalp.
How is psoriasis treated?
While there is no cure for psoriasis, treatment can help control psoriasis. Because psoriasis can be stubborn, gaining control may require trying different types of treatment. Your best option is to see a dermatologist and discuss what type of regimen will work best for you.
Contact Our Office
If you’re interested in learning more about treating psoriasis and eczema, contact The Center for Dermatology Care to schedule your consultation. Our exceptional team of dermatologists can help you find relief from your symptoms and achieve healthier looking skin.