Eczema is a relatively common skin disorder. It appears to be more common in people who have a family history of eczema, asthma and allergies. It is more common in larger cities and areas with more pollution. There are many things that can cause eczema to flare: dust, wool clothing, heat, and pet dander, just to name a few.
Dermatologists are experts ad diagnosing and treating eczema and all other types of rashes.
Acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States. Acne occurs mostly in teenagers and young adults, but can occur at any age(neonates to middle age). Acne occurs when the pores in our skin become clogged with dead skin cells, they clump and stick together. Together with bacteria in our skin, an inflammatory process ensues and we see pimples. Black heads, white heads, pimples, acne cysts and nodules are all part of acne. There are many different treatments for acne based on your type of acne.
- topical retinoids
- benzoyl peroxide
- salicylic acid
It is important to adequately treat your acne to:
- prevent permanent scarring
- improve your self esteem
- help with discoloration of your skin
The rash caused by poison ivy is common. It is caused by oils found in the plants. The rash is usually blistery or hive like and is very itchy. It usually appears within a few hours to three days after exposure. It is not contagious. The severity of the rash depends on your sensitivity to the plant. The rash can last from 1-3 weeks.
If you have a bad reaction your dermatologist can prescribe medications.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease. Most people who get psoriasis have a family history of psoriasis. In the U.S. about 7.5 million people have psoriasis. It can start at any age, but most commonly begins in the late teens. To get psoriasis a person has to have the right genetic makeup. Psoriasis will develop in many people after a major life stress, strep throat, trauma to the skin, or after taking a certain medication. Psoriasis cannot be spread from person to person. It can also effect your nails and joints. Psoriasis cannot be cured, but can be controlled to allow people an almost normal quality of life. Your dermatologist can prescribe many therapies from topical, oral, to injectable tramadol medications.