Psoriasis and eczema can be physically irritating and emotionally draining, but they can be managed with the right treatment.
Hay Fever? Pollen allergy? Many can’t step outside in the summer months without puffing up, itching, or sneezing. And while warm weather provokes all kinds of unwelcome irritations, some conditions continue year-round and require professional care. Two common skin diseases, eczema and psoriasis, can turn any season into an itchy nightmare.
The Lowdown: Triggers And Symptoms
While not dangerous, eczema and psoriasis produce uncomfortable and sometimes unsightly symptoms. According to WebMD, eczema’s exact causes are unknown. Its telltale signs are rough, inflamed, and itchy skin that can end up blistering and bleeding. Although it looks like an allergy, it isn’t, in fact, an allergic reaction.
Psoriasis is slightly more common, but it presents similar challenges. It causes white blood cells to wrongly assault the body’s skin, dilating blood vessels and attracting more white blood cells, a situation that creates dry, scaly skin. Patches of these “plaques,” as they’re called, most often appear on the knees, elbows, head, hands, feet, and lower back.
Physiological triggers like infections, new medications, a bad diet, and stress may trigger psoriasis outbreaks. External elements like summer heat and dry weather also have direct effects, but they are more strongly tied to eczema, as Everyday Health notes. Be on guard for other external factors that could also be causing irritation, like laundry detergent, certain fabrics, and beauty or other care products.
Tackle With Treatment
Unfortunately, neither condition is totally curable — symptoms can go into remission, even when left untreated, and then return at random. This can get very frustrating in a hurry, but luckily, there are many kinds of treatment available to help fight those pesky flare-ups.
For starters, good skincare is a must. Mild cleansers and moisturizers will prevent your skin from drying out, which is especially important in treating eczema. Also, be on the lookout for skincare products that contain a certain type of lipid called ceramides, which fortify the skin’s natural protective wall.
Pair these preventative measures with shorter, cooler showers and a bedroom humidifier, and you should be well on your way to rediscovering your healthy skin.
For more serious cases, medical treatment tends to vary, depending on where the affliction exists on the body. XPosé reports that modern treatments often abandon the customary topical steroid prescriptions in favor of “immune modeling” creams, which initiate the immune system’s natural response to affected areas.
Tablets, injections, and light therapy are also available for those in need. Remember, you must consult a dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis, an appropriate prescription, or the administration of these treatments — all vital reasons to pay the clinic a visit. Professional care can help identify breakouts through allergy testing and find the root cause of your ailment.
Making Care Accessible
If a visit to the dermatologist seems financially unfeasible, other options may help. SingleCare is an on-demand service that offers access to quality care at a reduced cost.
If your premiums are too high, or if you don’t have health insurance, SingleCare has just the solution for you. You can schedule appointments at any time, receive estimates beforehand, and only pay for the care that you receive. Don’t let your skin condition control you — no matter what the season, keep your outer shell in perfect shape with affordable and convenient care.
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