Austin Dermatologists Distinguish Between Eczema and Psoriasis
Dr. Adam Mamelak and Dr. Miriam Hanson explain the similarities and differences between the common skin conditions eczema and psoriasis.
Austin, TX—Among the many skin conditions people suffer from, eczema and psoriasis are two of the most common that Austin dermatologists Dr. Adam Mamelak and Dr. Miriam Hanson see. The physicians explain that these two chronic rashes can be physically irritating and emotionally burdensome, as people often try to cover up the patches of inflamed, red skin. Although eczema and psoriasis may have similar symptoms, the dermatologists note that the two are separate skin disorders and should be treated as such to achieve optimal relief.
Eczema and psoriasis both erupt as red patches that can be raised, itchy, and scaly. The conditions are often inherited and can flare up throughout a person’s lifetime, say Drs. Mamelak and Hanson. The dermatologists note that eczema, specifically, is typically aggravated by environmental factors due to a hypersensitive reaction. Whether from irritants or allergens, eczema most often develops on the elbows, knees, hands, and neck, and it can occur at any age.
Psoriasis, on the other hand, is most often found in adults, and it involves a red, oval patch on the skin with silver scales on top. Drs. Mamelak and Hanson clarify that this is an autoimmune condition, and outbreaks often occur due to factors like stress, infection, or injury. Psoriasis has been linked to other health conditions, as well, like diabetes, heart disease, or depression. The dermatologists go on to say that the disorder is most commonly found on the elbows, knees, scalp and nails. In some individuals, the condition is accompanied by achy joints, and the flare-ups often produce a burning, sore sensation.
Patients at Sanova Dermatology suffering from eczema or psoriasis can find relief through a variety of treatment options. Drs. Mamelak and Hanson explain that the specific solution will vary according to the individual and the severity of their problem. The dermatologists reveal that they have seen beautiful results from options like phototherapy, which helps limit outbreaks and prevent spreading, as well as topical creams and/or oral medications to help clear the outbreaks. Ultimately, they recommend eczema and psoriasis patient to seek the expertise of a board-certified dermatologist to find the best treatment for their condition.
About Sanova Dermatology
Sanova Dermatology is an all-inclusive dermatology practice that offers a wide range of skin care solutions. The knowledgeable team is composed of board-certified dermatologists Dr. Miriam Hanson and Dr. Adam Mamelak, who have extensive experience in treating a variety of skin disorders. They are proud members of organizations including the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and more. The dermatologists are available for interview upon request.
For more information about Dr. Mamelak and his practice, please visit sanovadermatology.com, facebook.com/sanovadermatology, and twitter.com/DrAdamMamelak.
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12319 North Mopac Expy., Ste. 100
Austin, TX 78758
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