Psoriasis is typically treated with topical creams. Corticosteroid creams can be very effective, and topical retinoid creams may also be helpful in psoriasis treatment. Vitamin D based topical creams are sometimes prescribed for psoriasis sufferers, as well. In the more serious cases of psoriasis, laser light therapy may be used. Laser light can prompt the damaged skin to repair itself, but it won't have any effect on the healthy tissue. Some oral medications may be prescribed for serious cases of psoriasis. The Carolina Skin Care team will create a personalized psoriasis treatment plan based on the patient's symptoms.
Eczema is a condition that typically affects people with dry skin. When the body doesn't produce enough oils and fat, the skin isn't able to maintain proper moisture levels. This allows bacteria to penetrate the skin more easily, resulting in raised red patches of eczema. In serious cases of eczema, the skin is so damaged that it can start cracking, bleeding, and crusting over. Eczema is most common in children but it can affect anyone. Eczema usually occurs on the face, the hands, behind the knees, and in the elbows.
Eczema treatment focuses on alleviating symptoms while adding moisture to the skin. Emollient moisturizers are very helpful for many eczema sufferers, as they can relieve the itching and discomfort while providing extra moisture. These moisturizers are typically in the form of topical creams or ointments. In some cases, topical steroids or calcineurin inhibitors are prescribed as well. These medications are typically applied prior to emollient moisturizers. Dr. Klumpar can also work with the patient to identify potential eczema triggers. In some cases, simple lifestyle changes can help patients avoid at least some of their eczema flares.