Eczema and Psoriasis
Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY
If you develop dry, scaly, rough, or red skin patches, it could be due to eczema or psoriasis. At Plaza Park Dermatology in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City, board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon Tobechi Ebede, MD, FAAD, provides treatment for eczema and psoriasis to improve the look, feel, function, and health of the skin. Schedule an appointment at Plaza Park Dermatology by phone or online today.
Eczema and psoriasis are common dermatology conditions that produce similar symptoms and can cause irritation or embarrassment.
Psoriasis develops due to a rapid buildup of skin cells, causing raised, red, dry, scaly, or cracked skin patches — even blistering in some cases. It can also lead to yellowed or thickened fingernails.
Eczema is a disorder associated with itchy skin, rough or crusty patches, and a red rash. It can cause inflammation, itching, and irritation. Eczema is common in babies and young children, though anyone can develop it. It may appear because of an allergic reaction or an immune-system issue.
Some people are more likely to develop eczema and psoriasis than others. Psoriasis results due to an autoimmune disorder involving white blood cells that attacks healthy skin cells in people with the condition. Triggers for psoriasis flare-ups include skin injuries, infections, smoking, stress, some medications, and drinking alcohol.
Risk factors for eczema include having asthma or hay fever. The exact cause isn’t known, but people with eczema may be sensitive to some perfumes, certain foods, soaps, detergents, animal dander, or lotions. Upper respiratory infections can also trigger eczema flare-ups.
To determine if you have eczema, psoriasis, or another dermatological condition, Dr. Ebede discusses your symptoms and reviews your medical history. She also examines your skin and may recommend diagnostic tests like skin biopsies, allergy testing, or others.
Your personalized treatment plan at Plaza Park Dermatology for eczema or psoriasis is based on the skin condition you have, its severity, and your treatment preferences. Dr. Ebede may suggest:
Keep treated skin clean and moisturized and cover affected areas as directed by Dr. Ebede. Avoid smoking and alcohol, keep stress levels low, and minimize flare-up triggers.
Follow up with Dr. Ebede to ensure your treatment is effective and call the Plaza Park Dermatology office at any time with questions or if you develop new symptoms.
Schedule an appointment at Plaza Park Dermatology by phone or online today to get treated for eczema or psoriasis.