The itching and pain of eczema or psoriasis can be frustrating, especially when the discomfort interferes with your day. You may also struggle with the appearance of the dry, flaky skin and thick, scaly patches that develop on your body.
While there’s no cure for eczema and psoriasis, you can learn how to deal with flare-ups and keep your symptoms under control. At Balcones Dermatology & Aesthetics, board-certified dermatologist David A. Bushore, MD, offers solutions to treat chronic skin conditions as well as resources to protect your overall skin health.
Differences and similarities between eczema and psoriasis
Both eczema and psoriasis can cause itchy, irritated skin anywhere on the body. While the symptoms may be similar, eczema and psoriasis are different types of skin conditions.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes inflammation in the skin often at areas that experience repeated trauma like elbows and knees. The inflammation causes cells to build up and form scales on the skin, which appear white or silver in color.
Eczema is due to an impaired skin barrier making the skin more susceptible to getting irritated from drying out. Eczema skin will then become red, itchy, and inflamed. The skin can even start to peel and crack
Staying on top of your eczema and psoriasis flare-ups
Both eczema and psoriasis are life-long conditions, even though symptoms may come and go. Board-certified dermatologist David A. Bushore, MD, will work closely with you to manage your symptoms through medications and lifestyle changes.
To manage your psoriasis flare-ups, board-certified dermatologist David A. Bushore, MD, may give you topical creams or oral medications. He may also give you medication to treat immune system issues.
With eczema, board-certified dermatologist David A. Bushore, MD, may also give you topical creams or oral medications in addition to a daily moisturizer. He may also work with you to make lifestyle changes to help you avoid the environmental triggers for your eczema.
Getting regular checkups at Balcones Dermatology & Aesthetics is a great way to have the overall health of your skin properly evaluated. Early warning signs of flare-ups or new skin issues can be quickly identified and treated before they become problematic.
Board-certified dermatologist David A. Bushore, MD, understands the effect eczema and psoriasis symptoms can have on your self-esteem. In addition to treating your flare-ups, he can also provide you with resources, such as referrals for talk therapy, to help you better cope with your condition. The good news is there are now many more treatment options available for psoriasis and eczema that can help ensure everyone can have clear skin.
To learn more about treating psoriasis or eczema, book an appointment online or over the phone with Balcones Dermatology & Aesthetics today.