Eczema, Psoriasis, Vitiligo, & Rosacea

What is Eczema

Eczema affects an estimated 30% of the US population and occurs equally in both males and females of all ages.

Eczema

There are many different types of eczema:

  • Allergic contact eczema (dermatitis) – a reaction where the skin has come in contact with a substance that the immune system recognizes as foreign.
  • Contact eczema – a localized reaction where the skin has come into contact with an allergen.
  • Dyshidrotic eczema – irritation of skin on palms of hands, soles of feet, characterized by blisters
  • Neurodermatitis – scaly patches of skin on head, forearms, wrists, lower legs caused by localized itch such as an insect bite.
  • Nummular eczema – circular patches of irritated skin that can be crusted, scaling and itchy.
  • Seborrheic eczema – oily, scaly yellowish patches of skin, usually on scalp and face.
  • Stasis dermatitis – skin irritation on lower legs, usually related to circulatory problems.

For some people eczema goes away over time and for others it can remain as a lifelong condition. Although there is no overall cure for eczema our board certified dermatologists will evaluate the type of eczema you may have through a skin exam and provide you with a treatment plan to support healthy skin and alleviate the symptoms of eczema.

What is Psoriasis

Psoriasis causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. The extra skin cells form thick silvery scales and itchy, dry red patches that are sometimes painful. It is a persistent, long-lasting (chronic) disease. There may be times when your symptoms get better alternating with times your symptoms are worse. Psoriasis is not contagious. The person must inherit the genes that cause it.

There are many different types of psoriasis:

  • Plaque (also called psoriasis vulgaris).
  • Guttate
  • Inverse (also call flexural psoriasis or intertriginous psoriasis)
  • Pustular
  • Erythrodermic (also called exfoliative psoriasis)
  • Nail
  • Scalp
  • Psoriatic arthritis

Some people may experience one or more types of psoriasis, or their type can change. While there is no cure for psoriasis it can be treated by using topical corticosteroids, systemic medications and/or light therapy. Call us today and schedule your appointment with one of our board certified dermatologists. Through a skin exam he/she can provide you with a treatment plan to support healthy skin and alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis.

What is Vitiligo

Vitiligo is a disease that causes the skin to lose color. It affects people of all skin types, but it may be more noticeable in people with darker skin. Vitiligo usually affects the skin, but it can develop anywhere we have pigment. Patches of hair can turn white. Some people lose color inside their mouths. Even an eye can lose some of its color. Vitiligo is not contagious. It is not life-threatening. But, it can be life-altering. Vitiligo is considered a medical condition. People get vitiligo when their body attacks its own melanocytes – the cells that give our skin, hair, and other areas of the body color. Although treatment for vitiligo cannot cure the disease, it can help re-pigment the skin. Call us today and schedule your skin exam with one of our board certified dermatologists. We have a number of options available for the treatment of vitiligo.

What is Rosacea

Rosacea is a common skin disease which affects millions of people in the US. It often begins with a tendency to blush or flush more easily than other people.

Common signs are:

  • Redness across the nose and cheeks, which can spread to the chin, forehead, or ears
  • Acne-like breakouts
  • Skin that feels sore and is easily irritated
  • Thin, reddish-purple veins
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Dry, itchy, and irritated eyes
  • Gritty feeling in your eyes

The redness can slowly spread beyond the nose and cheeks to the forehead and chin. Even the ears, chest, and back can be red all the time. If you have redness on your face along with acne or small veins, call us today and schedule an appointment with one of our board certified dermatologist. Although there is no cure for rosacea, treatment often controls the disease.

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American Academy of Dermatology
Chicago Derm society
American Medical Association
Illinois State Medical Society
Chicago Medical Society
American Board of Dermatology
Illinois Dermatological Society
Skin Cancer Foundation
National Psoriasis Foundation
College of American Pathologists