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Common Skin Conditions and Diseases and How to Deal with Them

There are many different types of skin conditions. Usually, these conditions are managed through various treatments, including medication and/or paying attention to lifestyle. Some of the most common skin conditions include:

Rosacea

This is a common disorder that causes redness or red patches, usually on the forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin. While the exact cause is unknown, it may be caused by a disorder of the blood vessels. Other theories indicate that rosacea may be caused by fungus, psychological issues, or problems with the connective tissue under the skin.

Treating RosaceaTreating rosacea will depend on the individual symptoms. Treatments, depending on the case, can include medications to keep the disorder under control. In some cases, laser treatments may be used to remove visible blood vessels to limit the redness.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a common skin disorder which usually presents itself with thick, red plaque patches that are covered with silvery scales. This skin condition is not contagious. While the exact cause is unknown, experts say it could be a combination of things, including immune system disorders.

Treating Psoriasis — There are several different treatments available, and your physician or dermatologist will be able to determine the best one for you. These treatments include steroid creams, moisturizing creams/lotions, Vitamin D creams, and retinoid creams. In severe cases, treatments can include light therapy, retinoids, methotrexate, and cyclosporine.

Acne

While acne usually affects adolescents, some 20% of cases do occur in adults. The actual cause of acne is unknown; however, it is not caused by poor diet or hygiene. Acne can be triggered by hormone fluxuations that cause the skin to produce more oil, which then leads to clogged pores.

Treating Acne — Treating acne will vary for each individual. Some treatments include topical medications or prescription oral medications. Other treatments include laser or phototherapy.

Eczema

Eczema is actually a term for several different conditions that can cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated. The actual cause of eczema is not known, but it may be linked to the body’s response to irritants.

Treating Eczema — The main goal of eczema treatment is to relieve/prevent the associated itching. In most cases, creams or lotions are used to keep the skin moist. Products containing hydrocortisone are often advised. In addition, other treatments include antihistamines to reduce the itching, phototherapy, and other prescribed medications.

If you are experiencing symptoms of one of these conditions, or if you need a St. Louis Dermatologist, please contact Dr. Wright and his staff at Laser Lipo and Vein. We will determine if you do in fact have one of these conditions, and then will work with you to find the best treatment.

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