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What type of eczema do you have? Unlock effective treatment
Aticle Banner While common, eczema remains an enigmatic condition. Genes, immune system function, and environmental and bacterial factors are thought to play a role. Eczema, has eight distinct forms. The specialized expertise of Dr. Prussick and his clinical team accurately identify your specific needs, applying this knowledge to develop an effective treatment plan.

The most common type of eczema, atopic dermatitis, is characterized by itching, peeling, flaky, and red skin. Washington Dermatology Center’s specialists may recommend:
  • Lifestyle modifications, such as avoidance of irritating soaps; dust mites, animal dander, and other allergens; and synthetic fibers.
  • Prescription creams and medications to control itching, repair skin, fight infection, and manage inflammation if problems persist.
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The unsightly white flakes in your hair in winter
The skin is the largest organ of our body and is largely exposed to the elements. During the cold winter months, it suffers the brunt of the damage our bodies undergo due to lack of humidity.

The skin conditions caused by the frigid, biting-cold air and winds affect the scalp too, leaving it dry and itchy and even cracked and painful. A huge problem some people face during this period is dandruff.

Dry scalp conditions result in seborrheic dermatitis, which causes scalp itchiness, dryness, and dandruff. The condition is made worse by yeast overgrowth on the scalp. The worst part is that this condition can lead to severe itching, which might cause a person to scratch the skin to the point of breaking it and causing scabs, which, in turn, leads to infections that may be difficult to treat.

Dermatologists recommend washing the scalp every other day with a salicylic acid–based shampoo. Urea-based topical products can also be used. These products may be available over the counter or as a doctor’s prescription. It’s important to consult your dermatologist, as the prescriptions would be based on the size and thickness of scales. Shampoos with ketoconazole, zinc pyrithione, or selenium work. Tar-based products are also effective, but they can discolor the hair.
Rosacea makes the face go red
Reddish skin and acne-like bumps on the face may indicate that you have the skin condition known as rosacea. Although the exact cause of this condition is not known, genetics may play a part, as it is believed to run in families.

Problems with blood vessels, exacerbated by sun damage, may cause rosacea as well as making the problem more apparent on the facial skin. Mites, which commonly live on the human skin, could also make these problems worse if they are present in larger numbers than normal. Bacteria known as H. pylori can also be a reason.

Some people appear to be more prone to rosacea than others. For instance, women; those between the ages of 30 and 50; those with light skin, blonde hair, and blue eyes; smokers; and those with severe acne are more likely to develop rosacea.

Some of the common symptoms of this condition are redness on the cheeks, chin, nose, and forehead, and sometimes on the head, ears, neck, back and chest; redness, swelling and pain in the eyes, along with vision problems; broken blood vessels and bumps on eyelids; stinging and burning skin; visible broken blood vessels; patches of dry, rough skin; larger pores on skin; and a swollen and bulb-shaped nose.

Although there is no cure for rosacea, your dermatologist will be able to treat and manage some of the symptoms with methods such as lasers, dermabrasion, and electrocautery along with a variety of topical medications and botanical creams such as green tea. We can also improve the skin with photofacials to reduce redness and hydrafacials to improve the skin texture, tone and increase moisture especially in the dry winter months.
 
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