Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition characterised by red, itchy, and inflamed patches on the skin.
These patches can be rough, scaly, or oozing, and they often occur in areas like the hands, elbows, knees, and face. Eczema is commonly associated with allergic reactions, and it tends to flare up in response to triggers like irritants, allergens, stress, or changes in weather. It is believed to result from a combination of genetic predispositions, immune system dysfunction, and environmental factors.
Psoriasis, on the other hand, is a chronic autoimmune skin condition characterised by the rapid overproduction of skin cells. This leads to the formation of thick, red, scaly patches, known as plaques, on the skin’s surface. Psoriasis can occur anywhere on the body, including the scalp, nails, and joints. It is often accompanied by itching, burning, or soreness. While the exact cause is not fully understood, genetics and immune system dysregulation are believed to play a significant role in psoriasis development. Triggers for psoriasis flares may include stress, infections, certain medications, and injury to the skin.
Both eczema and psoriasis can have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life. The visible symptoms, along with the discomfort and itching, can lead to emotional distress, self-consciousness, and reduced confidence. Managing these conditions often involves a combination of topical treatments, moisturisers, lifestyle adjustments, and, in more severe cases, systemic medications. Understanding and identifying triggers is crucial in effectively managing and alleviating symptoms for individuals with eczema or psoriasis.
In-clinic treatments can also be used to safely and effectively alleviate symptoms and increase physical comfort. At Bank Medispa we often recommend regular sessions of Dermalux LED Light Therapy to patients affected by eczema / psoriasis. This treatment can help to heal and repair the skin, calming inflammation and improving its overall condition.