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Dealing With Eczema and Psoriasis Flare-Ups

Eczema and psoriasis are “the big two” when it comes to the most aggravating and widespread skin conditions that people suffer from. Both disorders feature itchiness, redness, and irritation, but psoriasis is painful and has a scaly appearance. 

About 35 million Americans suffer from eczema, and most are children. The National Psoriasis Foundation reports that more than 8 million Americans suffer from that condition. Although they’re two separate diseases, patients who have either condition live with the unpredictability and intense discomfort of flare-ups.

Both Dr. Richie Bosso, Jr. and Dr. Robert Chappell, Jr. have extensive experience treating patients who live with these conditions and taming their flare-ups. In fact, Dr. Chappel was responsible for starting the Permian Basin’s first and only treatment center focused on psoriasis. 

Our caring team at Chappell Rosso Dermatology and Laser & Aesthetic Center has one goal: to minimize your eczema or psoriasis symptoms and make flare-ups things of the past. 

What triggers eczema and psoriasis?

Although eczema has been linked to hereditary factors and irritants like allergens, and psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, they both can prompt flare-ups that are induced by triggers.

Well-known eczema triggers are harsh or scented ingredients in skin products, low and high temperatures and humidity, itchy clothing, allergens, and even stress, which can cause you to scratch your affected areas more.

Psoriasis triggers include dry, cold weather, certain medications, infections, and skin injuries.

What treatments can help control flare-ups?

Because there’s no cure for either eczema or psoriasis, we focus on helping you identify and do everything in your power to avoid your particular triggers. Simply not taking that long, hot bath or effectively managing your stress can go a long way in controlling flare-ups.

We’ve found several treatment strategies help prevent eczema and psoriasis outbreaks. 

For eczema, it’s important to keep your skin covered with a barrier of moisture, and you shouldn’t use products that contain dyes, chemicals, or other potential irritants. The inflammation and itching that are the hallmarks of eczema can be calmed and controlled by over-the-counter topical cortisone creams and prescription steroids.

Psoriasis is a bit more complicated because there are more than seven different types of the disease, so narrowing down which kind you have is something Dr. Rosso and Dr. Chappel consider a top priority. 

If your psoriasis isn’t severe, topical medications can help. For more serious symptoms, we prescribe oral medications.

A bright idea: Light therapy as a solution for eczema and psoriasis

A therapeutic option that has proved successful with both eczema and psoriasis patients is called phototherapy. During a phototherapy treatment, a machine releases narrowband ultraviolet B (UVB) light — a component of natural sunlight — into your affected skin. 

Ours is the only Permian Basin-based practice that offers phototherapy treatments to alleviate your psoriasis or eczema symptoms. Phototherapy treatments are noninvasive and painless, and they help to:

Post-treatment side effects are minimal but can include itchiness, redness, and dryness. Dr. Rosso or Dr. Chappel determine the number of treatments you need, and you can expect to start seeing results after about two months.

Come into Chappell Rosso Dermatology and Laser & Aesthetic Center to begin a proper and informed course of treatment for your eczema or psoriasis. We’ve got an arsenal of progressive treatments that can help. Call one of our two Odessa, Texas, locations for an appointment, or simply book one online.

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