Treating Dermatitis, Eczema and Psoriasis at Wasatch Dermatology
Is your skin dry, irritated and itchy? Do you have a rash, blotchy areas or flaky patches? These are all signs and symptoms of common skin conditions. Dr. Julie Maughan and her team at Wasatch Dermatology are experienced and knowledgeable at diagnosing and treating the many skin conditions challenging their patients on a daily basis.
Managing dermatitis in Ogden, Utah
Dermatitis is an overall term used to describe skin that is red, inflamed and irritated with rash-like symptoms. Dermatitis is not typically serious; many things can cause it, and the treatment depends on what triggered the problem.
There are a few different types of dermatitis caused by things like allergies, underlying health problems, your genetic makeup and environmental irritants. Two common types of dermatitis include contact dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis.
With contact dermatitis, the skin irritation is the direct result of contact with an irritant or allergen. Some examples include poison ivy, cleaning products, jewelry with nickel or copper, perfumes and cosmetics. Treatment involves limiting exposure to the irritant or allergy-causing substance, and managing the skin rash or condition.
Seborrheic dermatitis is often caused by yeast or fungus that is in the oil secreted by the skin. People with seborrheic dermatitis tend to experience flare-ups that can be weather-related, and they tend to worsen during the cold, dry winter months. Treatment options include medicated shampoos, topical steroids and anti-fungal creams.
For the best treatment results, a thorough skin assessment by Dr. Maughan is needed to determine the cause of the dermatitis and to identify the most effective treatment option.
Eczema treatment from Wasatch Dermatology
Eczema is a skin condition with flare-ups of red, dry, cracked and itchy skin with scales or blisters. It’s often referred to as atopic dermatitis, and can be caused by a variety of issues that include severe dry skin, a genetic component, a malfunctioning immune system, excess bacteria on the skin and environmental or lifestyle factors.
Dr. Maughan will evaluate your skin, take a full health and lifestyle history and assess the degree of skin irritation and involvement. Based on this information, she can develop a customized treatment plan that may include phototherapy with ultraviolet light, steroid creams, prescription-strength moisturizers, antihistamines, oral steroids, medications to suppress the immune system and medicated creams with immunomodulators. The treatment she recommends will depend on the results from her overall examination.
Expert psoriasis management from Dr. Maughan
Psoriasis is a common skin condition that causes skin cells to build up and become thick, silvery-colored scales. These patches of scaly skin can be red, dry, itchy and sometimes painful with periods of flare-ups and remission. The cause of psoriasis is related to a malfunction in the immune system that causes the patient’s T cells to become overactive. The increased activity of the T cells causes the buildup of skin cells, resulting in the patches of thick scales.
Psoriasis flare-ups are often triggered by things like skin and throat infections, skin trauma as simple as a cut or scrape, a bug bite or a severe sunburn, smoking, drinking alcohol, emotional stress, cold weather and some medications (beta blockers, lithium). Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that requires life-long management and treatment.
There are three main treatment categories for psoriasis: topical treatments with over-the-counter and prescription strength creams and ointments; light therapy; and oral medications. Like many other skin conditions, the key to effective treatment is understanding the cause and underlying triggers. Dr. Maughan will perform a thorough skin and health assessment to determine your best treatment options. It’s not unusual to use a combination of these options to achieve the best outcome.
As your partner in skin health, Wasatch Dermatology is here to help you look and feel your best. If you are experiencing skin irritation, redness or itching, we encourage you to make an appointment and have your skin assessed by Dr. Maughan. Determining the underlying cause of your skin condition is the first step in achieving a successful outcome.
Dr. Maughan and her team are committed to providing the highest standard of skin care and an individualized treatment plan designed around your specific health needs. Wasatch Dermatology is your partner for the life of your skin.
For more information and to schedule time with Dr. Julie Maughan, call 801-475-5210.