Managing psoriasis and eczema
There are many types of skin rashes, occurring for a variety of reasons. They can range from irritating to alarming. A rash and itchy skin can sometimes become so painful it is debilitating.Drs. Daniel and Jordan Achtman of DSA Dermatology
in Plano, Texas, work routinely with patients with inflammatory skin conditions that need treatment, from contact dermatitis treatment to managing chronic issues such as eczema and psoriasis.
This is a chronic skin disease caused by immune system dysfunction. Skin cells develop too quickly, and they are not shed. Instead, they build up on the skin's surface, causing a rash. The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, though it is believed to be a genetic condition triggered by factors such as stress. It is not contagious.
There are several types of psoriasis:
- Plaque – White or silver scaly patches
- Guttate – Small, red spots
- Pustular – Red, swollen, blisters filled with pus
- Inverse – Red, raw-looking, smooth patches
- Erythrodermic – Looks like a burn over most of the individual's body with intense pain and itching. This condition can be life-threatening, and the person should be taken to a hospital immediately.
Psoriasis treatment may include:
- Topical prescription creams
- Oral biologicals
- Lightbox treatments
- Children: Also known as atopic dermatitis, this is a common skin condition in children, especially infants. It usually begins in the creases of the knees or elbows, though it can also occur in areas like the ankles, wrists, or neck. It starts as scaly, itchy patches. Skin can become thick, leathery, bumpy, and perpetually itchy without treatment.
- Adults: About half of all affected children "outgrow" the condition, though they are likely to have sensitive, dry skin. For others, it continues into adulthood, with slightly different symptoms. Although rare, an individual who never had eczema in childhood can develop it as an adult. Eczema looks more scaly on adults than it does on children. In addition to the knees and elbows, it is often visible on the neck and face, especially around the eyes. It can completely cover a person's body.
Treatment for eczema may include:
- Topical creams
- Oral medications
- Patch allergy skin testing
Dermatologists treat thousands of different skin conditions, many of which are rashes. A few of the most common include:
- Pityriasis rosea (Christmas tree rash) – A scaly rash, usually appearing on the back. It may form an outline resembling a Christmas tree.
- Contact dermatitis – An allergic reaction to a substance contacting the skin. It can be caused by virtually anything, including fabric, metal, cosmetics, and household cleaners.
- Drug rash – An external allergic reaction to a prescription or over-the-counter medication.
- Miliaria (heat rash) – Small bumps caused by restricted flow of sweat in hot conditions.
- Intertrigo – Inflammation of the skin caused by abrasion and moisture in areas where the skin touches, such as the groin, underarm, and abdomen.
- Herpes zoster (shingles) – A painful rash occurring in individuals who were infected with chickenpox in the past.
In the past, skin conditions often defied treatment or even diagnosis. However, with today's advanced medicine, virtually any skin condition is treatable. Many can be cured, and others can be controlled effectively. Drs. Daniel and Jordan Achtman are skilled physicians with decades of experience helping patients stay healthy and beautiful. If you develop a rash or have any other skin concerns, call (972) 362-9567
and schedule an appointment with DSA Dermatology today.
At DSA Dermatology, we bring to you the best of not one but three leading dermatologists in Plano TX, Dr. Daniel S. Achtman, Dr. Carmine G. McConnell and Dr. Jordan. Achtman.
Dr. Achtman is a board-certified Dermatologist with over three decades of experience. Having graduated from the medical school of McMaster University, he also studied at the UTSW Medical Center in Dallas, TX where he also served as Chief Resident in the Department of Dermatology. In addition to possessing extensive training and experience in cosmetic enhancement techniques, Dr. Achtman is widely known as a leading expert in the diagnosis and treatment of various skin cancers. He is an active member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Achtman goes the extra mile to understand your medical concerns and to ensure that he helps you meet your unique aesthetic goals.
Dr. Carmine G. McConnell is a board-certified physician in Plano TX. Having been trained at McMaster University, Canada, she went on to earn her board certification in Texas. Having served as Chief of Staff of her department at Plano Medical Center, she has over two decades of experience in practicing medicine in her practice and while assisting Dr. Achtman in the practice of dermatology. In addition to her extensive postgraduate training in laser therapy and aesthetic surgery, among other procedures, she possesses vast experience in both cosmetic dermatological techniques and family medicine. As a conscientious and caring physician, Dr. McConnell provides her patients with customized non-surgical treatments to help address health and aesthetic concerns related to the skin. She is also keen on helping patients understand their skin and how it can be cared for and protected.
Dr. Jordan Achtman is a board-certified dermatologist in DSA Dermatology at Plano, TX. Dr. J. Achtman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed his residency in dermatology at UT Southwestern. His expertise spans general, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. J. Achtman also has various special interests including chronic itch, infectious diseases of the skin, and the relationship between mental health and skin health. He is also very keen on helping patients form healthy skincare regimens and habits. In the hands of Dr. J. Achtman, you can be assured of innovative and cutting edge solutions for all your skin concerns.