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By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
August 26, 2021
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Eczema   Psoriasis  

Red itchy patches on your skin may be eczema or psoriasis. Both conditions share some similar symptoms and it can get confusing sometimes. Your dermatologist, Dr. Vernon Mackey of Advanced Desert Dermatology, can help diagnose and treat your eczema or psoriasis in Peoria, AZ.

Eczema

Eczema is a skin condition that causes red, inflamed, itchy patches on your skin. These patches tend to appear on your inner elbows, behind your knees, face, back, hands, and abdomen. Other severe symptoms of eczema include leathery skin patches, bleeding cracks, blistering, and oozing.

You can't get eczema from others as it isn't contagious. It generally has a genetic component and may run in families. Eczema may be triggered by specific allergens present in soap, detergent, dust, and meat. Types of eczema include:

  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Hand eczema
  • Irritant contact dermatitis
  • Nummular eczema
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Allergic contact dermatitis
  • Dyshidrotic eczema

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is also a skin condition that causes red, itchy, and inflamed skin patches. Psoriasis lesions appear raised, silvery, and scaly. The patches on your skin appear thicker than with eczema. Psoriasis may appear on your scalp, elbows, chest, knees, or anywhere on your body.

The main cause of psoriasis is your body's immune system attacking your skin. Hence, psoriasis is an autoimmune disease. However, doctors can't tell you why your immune system is going after your skin. Psoriasis flare-ups may be triggered by skin injuries such as a scratch or sunburn. Types of psoriasis include:

  • Plaque psoriasis
  • Inverse psoriasis
  • Guttate psoriasis
  • Pustular psoriasis
  • Erythrodermic psoriasis

The Difference Between Eczema and Psoriasis

Both eczema and psoriasis in Peoria, AZ, share some similar symptoms such as redness and inflammation. However, there are some notable differences too. These differences include:

Cause-Psoriasis is generally due to an overactive immune system. On the other hand, genetics and environmental factors contribute to eczema development.

Itchiness-Both skin conditions usually cause some itching. Psoriasis often causes milder itching while eczema can cause you to scratch till you hurt yourself.

Age-Eczema is a lot more prevalent in children than psoriasis. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) estimates that while nearly 1% of kids have psoriasis, about 25% have atopic dermatitis, a type of eczema.

Psoriasis and eczema may have some similarities, but your experienced dermatologist can spot the difference. If you think the lesion on your skin might be eczema or psoriasis in Peoria, AZ, call (623) 977-6700 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Mackey of Advanced Desert Dermatology.

By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
February 24, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Eczema  

Eczema isn’t curable, and people who suffer from it usually go through remissions or symptom-free periods as well as flare-ups, when their symptoms suddenly appear. It primarily causes itchy and dry skin that when left unaddressed could lead to rashes, inflammation, weepy skin, and blisters. In addition, fungal, viral, and bacterial infections could develop since eczema compromises your skin barrier.

But because there’s still no cure for eczema, the main aim of treatment is the reduction and management of symptoms when they appear. Here at Advanced Desert Dermatology, in both our Thunderbird Rd. and Lake Pleasant Parkway locations in Peoria, AZ, Dr. Vernon Mackey offers various eczema treatment regimens depending on the severity of your case.

Topical Medications for Treating Eczema

The go-to, standard eczema treatment that usually works for many people is topical corticosteroids. When applied to the affected areas, corticosteroid ointments, lotions, or creams can minimize inflammation and reduce allergic reactions. They can likewise decrease itchiness and alleviate soreness and irritation. TCIs or topical calcineurin inhibitors such as Elidel and Protopic may also be prescribed to manage eczema symptoms. These work by minimizing flare-ups and controlling inflammation by suppressing your immune system.

Oral Medications for Eczema

If you have widespread symptoms, your doctor may likewise recommend that you take an oral antihistamine like diphenhydramine, doxylamine succinate, or hydroxyzine. This medication will also help make it easier for you to sleep at night without scratching. If you develop a skin infection due to your eczema, your doctor may also prescribe antifungal, antiviral, or antibiotic medications to address it. Additionally, you may be prescribed an oral immunosuppressant if you have an especially severe case of eczema.

Home Treatments for Eczema

Aside from treatments prescribed by our dermatologist in our Thunderbird Rd. and Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria, AZ, offices, you can try to manage your eczema symptoms using these home remedies:

  • Avoid scratching the affected skin and keep your nails short and dull.
  • Use a humidifier when the air is particularly dry.
  • Moisturize your skin regularly with lotions, creams, or ointments without dyes, fragrance, and alcohol.
  • Avoid exposure to airborne allergens like pollen, dust mites, and pet dander.
  • Avoid irritants like manmade fibers or wool, harsh detergents and soaps, and environments or situations that cause sweat.
  • Limit your time bathing and opt for lukewarm or cool water. Use gentle cleansers or washes and pat, don’t rub, when drying your skin.
  • Apply a moisturizing cream right after you dry your skin, preferably when it’s still a bit damp. Opt for moisturizers marketed as barrier repair creams and with ingredients such as ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids. These can help manage your symptoms by repairing your skin barrier.

Remember, you can’t cure eczema, but you can manage your symptoms effectively and heal your skin barrier to prevent flare-ups and further damage. You just need to determine the right combination of home remedies, moisturizers, and medications that will keep your eczema under control.

Need eczema relief now?

Contact Advanced Desert Dermatology by calling (623) 977-6700 to schedule a consultation at either our Thunderbird Rd. or Lake Pleasant Parkway in Peoria, AZ. Dr. Vernon Mackey will assess your symptoms and craft an eczema treatment plan that best fits your needs.

By Advanced Desert Dermatology
December 12, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Eczema  

Do you have itchy, scaly rashes? If so, you could have eczema, a common skin condition that could be effectively treated by your dermatologist. Eczema is also called atopic dermatitis, and it can be caused by environmental factors, such as exposure to harsh chemicals. Dry skin can also affect your skin’s ability to form a barrier to allergens, which can lead to eczema. Another common cause of eczema is genetics. If someone in your family suffers from eczema, it increases your chances of developing eczema as well. Immune system problems can also cause eczema.

Both adults and children can develop eczema, however, children are most often affected, especially before they reach the age of five. Eczema develops into a chronic skin condition, with intermittent flare-ups. These flare-ups can often be accompanied by hay fever or asthma.

There are many common signs and symptoms of eczema, including:

  • Reddish-brown patches on your feet, hands, ankles, knees, chest, elbows, face, and scalp
  • Chronic, severe itching which often worsens at night
  • Inflamed, raw, red, sensitive, and swollen skin
  • Dry, cracked, scaly skin patches on various areas of your body
  • Bumps appearing on your skin which drain fluid and crust over later

For mild cases of eczema, there are a few simple home remedies you can try, including:

  • Taking over-the-counter antihistamine medications
  • Smoothing calamine or other anti-itch lotion over your skin
  • Applying moisturizer when you take a shower
  • Applying cool, wet dressings and bandages to affected areas
  • Taking a warm baking soda or oatmeal bath
  • Placing a humidifier in your home to moisten dry air
  • Wearing breathable, cool, cotton clothing

For moderate to severe cases of eczema, you should visit your dermatologist. There are several effective professional treatments your dermatologist may recommend, such as:

  • Prescription-strength oral and topical medications to stop itching
  • Antibiotic medications to eliminate any underlying infection
  • Oral or injectable anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling and pain
  • Corticosteroid dressings to reduce inflammation
  • Natural light or ultraviolet therapy to reduce or eliminate skin patches

You don’t have to suffer with eczema when relief is just a phone call away. Learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of eczema by calling your dermatologist today!

By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
October 12, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Eczema   rash   Eczema Treatment  

Treating EczemaEczema is a condition affecting the skin. Symptoms of eczema include itchiness, redness, scaliness, leathery patches, and rashes. Eczema can cause discomfort due to chronic dryness and itchiness. Fortunately, the symptoms of eczema can be treated. A dermatologist can recommend an appropriate treatment. At Advanced Desert Dermatology, Dr. Vernon Mackey is your dermatologist for the treatment of eczema in Peoria, AZ.

What is Eczema?

The cause of eczema is unknown, but it can be triggered by a number of factors, such as the weather, allergens, and irritants (e.g., harsh chemicals). Eczema is not contagious, but it does seem to run in families. Eczema affects the skin and can result in a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Inflammation
  • Itchiness
  • Dryness
  • Blistering
  • Scaliness
  • Redness
  • Leathery patches
  • Rashes

There are actually multiple types of eczema. The most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis and it runs in families. Contact dermatitis is another type of eczema and is triggered by irritants or allergens. Other types of eczema include dyshidrotic dermatitis, nummular dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, and Stasis dermatitis. A dermatologist can recommend an appropriate treatment for the specific type of eczema affecting you.

Eczema Treatments

Several options are available for treating eczema in Peoria. Over-the-counter itch relief creams and antihistamines can be used to treat mild flare-ups of eczema. Eczema that is more persistent or severe is best treated by a dermatologist who can prescribe prescription strength corticosteroids, steroid creams, anti-fungal creams, or antibiotics. In addition to treating eczema flare-ups, it is also possible to prevent them by using mild products on the skin, avoiding known eczema triggers, and avoiding scratching the skin.

Eczema is a chronic condition that can be uncomfortable. Fortunately, several effective treatment options are available. A dermatologist can recommend an effective treatment for you. To learn more about the different eczema treatments available and for treatment of eczema in Peoria, AZ schedule an appointment with Dr. Mackey by calling Advanced Desert Dermatology at (623) 977-6700.

By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
February 02, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Eczema   Dry Skin   Skin Care   Itch  

Eczema is made up of itchy patches of dry skinPracticing a simple skin regimen every day can help keep your skin healthy and more youthful in appearance. If you suffer from eczema or dry skin, with the development of a proper skin care routine from your dermatologist you can easily be on your way to healthier skin. Dry skin is not a serious condition, but it can be uncomfortable and unsightly, turning plump cells into shriveled ones, and creating fine lines and wrinkles. A more serious type of dry skin is eczema, which is a general term for rash-like skin conditions.  

Follow Proper Skin Care Routines from Your Dermatologist

Eczema can’t be cured, but it can be managed. In order to effectively manage your eczema, it is important to avoid the things that trigger your breakouts. Limit your contact with external factors that can irritate your skin and wear gloves to protect the skin on your hands.  

It is critical that basic skin care measures be maintained in order to keep dry skin and eczema under control. Your dermatologist can help you determine a proper skin care routine that will help your condition and continue to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy. Some basic steps may include:

  • Wash your skin twice a day with a gentle non-soap cleanser.
  • Use a moisturizer twice a day.
  • Use a sunscreen every day.
  • Choose makeup that is oil-free and non-comedogenic.
  • Protect your lips with lip block or lipsticks with sunscreen.
  • Avoid long hot showers or baths.

If you suffer from dry skin or eczema, visit your dermatologist today for further diagnosis and treatment. Your dermatologist will be able to set up an effective and appropriate regimen to manage or eliminate your ailments.