Eczema is caused by skin barrier dysfunction which results in trans-epidermal water loss. Clinically, this presents as dry, red, and itchy skin. Treatments are aimed at repairing the skin barrier to prevent water loss, and protect against environmental irritants and bacteria. A proactive approach, involving trigger avoidance and consistent moisturizing with emollients is recommended. While topical corticosteroids are the mainstay of treatment, newer therapeutics such as biologics represent safe and effective options for severe or recalcitrant eczema.
Psoriasis is a common chronic inflammatory condition that can affect the skin, nails and joints. Classically, it presents with red plaques covered with silvery scale on the elbows and knees, but there are many different presentations of psoriasis. While there is no cure, there are excellent therapeutic options available to keep it under good control.
Patients with limited skin involvement may respond well to a topical regimen. However, extensive disease often requires systemic treatment, including biologic therapy. Our dermatologists have experience with the latest biologics on the market so that we can provide our patients with the most up to date and effective treatments.