Psoriasis and eczema are both skin conditions. They present very similarly on the body. Psoriasis presents as large, scaly, white patches of skin that itches, and when you scratch it, will produce pinpoint bleed marks. Eczema will start out as smaller bumps that are vesicles that when you scratch, they ooze and, over time, will create larger white plaques on the skin. Conventional medicine treatments for eczema and psoriasis are most often topical creams, such as hydrocortisone creams. When these creams are applied to the skin, the plaque diminishes in size over time. However, when you stop using the cream, the plaque can return. When a patientes into my office for eczema or psoriasis, I first begin with a medical intake to find out how long they’ve had their symptoms and how severe they’ve been. I take a look at their skin, and then I order a blood test to find out about any food sensitivities, their liver function, and total cholesterol levels. Diet plays a significant role in the development of psoriasis or eczema, therefore, based on lab results.
My first step is to eliminate foods the person is sensitive to, and instead, I rmend whole,anic foods that are nutrientdense and are less likely to aggravate the skin. Stress or high stress levels are known to increase inflammation in the body. Psoriasis and eczema are both inflammatory conditions of the skin, therefore, unmanaged or highstress levels will increase the problem of psoriasis or eczema. Stress management is necessary to help deal with psoriasis and eczema, therefore I prescribe stress management techniques, such as exercise, yoga, meditation, and deep breathing. I’ll also prescribe a number of supplements. They include fish oil for its antiinflammatory properties and ability to support the skin vitamin A for its skinhealing properties milk thistle for its ability to detoxify and support the liver and vitamin D to support the immune system. Depending upon the symptoms, I may also prescribe a topical ointment, such as a homeopathic cream to decrease inflammation and increase healing time, or a vitamin and mineral infused cream with vitamin A and zinc to support the skin’s healing process, or a calendula ointment, which can decrease the appearance of plaques and decrease the itchiness. Naturopathic medicine is about treating the root cause of disease, so when I treat the root cause of eczema or psoriasis, I see significant toplete reduction in my patient’s symptoms. For example, I had a patiente in who had psoriatic plaques covering nearly his entire back, the backs of his legs, and almost all of the backs of his arms. After three months, we saw a significant reduction in the size of the plaques, and after six months, the only symptoms present were some light pink discoloration on the upper part of his back. Another example is a young child I saw who had such bad eczema on his feet and inbetween his toes, he was unable to wear shoes at two years old. After three months of treatment, his symptoms hadpletely resolved, and he was wearing shoes again. Another patient had scaly, itchy plaques covering the majority of her scalp, and within a few months of treatment, she had eliminated 95 percent of the plaques on her scalp. Naturopathic medicine works. If you’re experiencing symptoms of eczema or psoriasis and you want to reduce or eliminate those symptoms, I suggest you see a naturopathic doctor to receive your own individualized treatment plan.
How does a Dermatologist treat Seborrhoeic dermatitis of the scalp
Seborrhoeic dermatitis of the scalp is inflammation of the scalp which is verymon and can affect up to 3 percent of the population. It is mostmon in young adults and then again in the elderly age group but can also be seen in immunosuppressed patients. Seborrhoeic dermatitis can also be referred to as Seborrhoeic eczema and does incorporate dandruff. The cause of Seborrhoeic dermatitis of the scalp is not fully understood but one of the driving factors is the presence of the yeast malassezia on the scalp. This tends to like an oily scalp and can cause inflammation in some individuals which leads to the eczema or inflammation on the scalp.
Patients may notice that their scalp is itchy, red or that there is flaking attached to the hair or on their clothes. Seborrhoeic dermatitis of the scalp can also extend along the frontal hairline and can also be seen behind the ears. It can also occur on the face, between the eyebrows, in the eyebrows and around the nose.
Seborrhoeic dermatitis of the scalp can sometimes be triggered by stress, late nights and alcohol. Seborrhoeic dermatitis of the scalp is a condition that we control rather than cure but good control can often be gained with the use of medicated shampoos. Firstline treatment is a medicated shampoo with an antiyeast antifungal agent, ketoconazole. This needs to be used on a repeated basis and applied to the scalp and left in for 3 to 5 minutes.
The medicated shampoo does need to be used on an ongoing basis at a frequency that controls the eruption. Other forms of medicated shampoos may include tar shampoos or shampoos that have keratolytic agents. Occasionally Seborrhoeic dermatitis of the scalp is very severe, scalp lotions which may include steroids or a steroid shampoo may need to be used.
Seborrheic Dermatitis treatment with Head Shoulders
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DermTV What is Eczema DermTV Epi 173
music Hello, I’m Dr. Neal Schultz pause and wee to DermTV. Today I’m going to explain what eczema is and in a subsequent episode we’ll talk about how to treat eczema. The word eczema is a very, very confusing term and the reason that it is, is because on the one hand it refers to a very specific disease and on the other hand so many people use the word eczema improperly in referring to diseases and conditions that are either persistent or recurrent. Let’s talk about the real word eczema. Eczema refers to a disease called atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is a rash that tends to be hereditary and runs in families, it usually starts in infancy or early childhood and it’s very often associated with two other diseases, with allergic rhinitis which is called hay fever and also with asthma and that association may not be in the same patient it may just be that all three, or some of those, run in the same family. Atopic dermatitis, again, usually starts in infancy and when it does, in an infant it’s usually on an extensive surface like on the back of the arm or the front of the leg or thigh and sometimes on the side of the neck. By early childhood it’s changed by flexer surfaces, the front of the elbow, behind the knee and again, still on the sides of the neck. When you get the rash it’s usually very, very itchy so it causes a lot of scratching and the skin turns red and there are a lot of bumps but that’s the technical and proper term for the word eczema. But so many other people refer to so many other rashes that again are recurrent or persistent, with the word eczema and what they do is they take technical names and just add the word eczema after it. So dandruff is really called, seborrheic dermatitis but some people call that rash when it’s on your face seborrheic eczema. There’s a form of a rash that you get when there’s just no oil in your skin, that’s called asteatotic dermatitis. Asteatosis means a lack of oil, so asteatotic dermatitis is from no oil and you get a rash. But a lot of people call that asteatotic eczema. When people get chronic rashes on their hand, instead of calling it hand dermatitis, they call it hand eczema. So, this is why, the word eczema, when used inappropriately creates confusion. But, when a dermatologist says the word eczema, he’s talking about atopic dermatitis, he’s speaking about that hereditary skin condition started in early childhood often associated with asthma or hay fever, he’s not talking about those other broad categories. In the next episode, we’ll talk about how do you treat real atopic dermatitis.
Extreme Dandruff Seborrheic Dermatitis
MUSIC PLAYING Seborrheic dermatitis is essentially a more severe form of dandruff. It can affect the scalp, the face, and even the upper body. Light dandruff is characterized by flaking, though it tends to be more extreme.
And you can often see scaly, flaky, itchy, or red skin. If you have severe dandruff, you can treat it regularly with Head and Shoulders. It’s clinically proven to tackle flakes and reduce itch, dryness, and redness associated with dandruff.