Monthly Archives: February 2016

Rash on the elbows? It might be psoriasis!

Do you have a rash on the elbows? You might be suffering from psoriasis, a skin condition where red, crusty patches appear on the skin especially on the elbows, scalp, knees and lower back. The patches can at times be itchy or sorPsoriasise. Psoriasis is a chronic condition for which there is no cure. However, there may be periods of time where there are no symptoms, and at times the skin be flared with more symptoms. People who are suffering from psoriasis normally have an increased buildup of skin cells. This leads to the appearance of dry, pink patches of skin.

The diseases can worsen when it is triggered with an injury to the skin. Also, strep throat infection may actually cause psoriasis in some patients! Stress and some medications may also cause psoriasis to worsen.

Psoriasis is usually diagnosed by a dermatologist after examination of the skin. Thorough examination of the skin, and in some cases a skin biopsy of the affected area is taken in order to determine if a patient is suffering from psoriasis. Psoriasis is a chronic condition, which has no cure. However, there are treatments which can help in alleviating symptoms as well as improving the appearance of the affected area.

Treatments for psoriasis include:

  • Creams and ointments
  •  Light therapy known as ultraviolet therapy or narrowband UVB therapy
  •  Pills
  •  Injections

Melasma – What Is It?

If you have noticed a brown discoloration on your upper cheeks or upper lip then you may be suffering from a skin condition known as melasma. Exposure to sunlight may be one cause of this condition and hormonal changes may also play a role. The condition is known to affect more women than men. Melasma more commonly affects people who have darker skin pigmentation, and especially those who are living in sunny climates. Melasma is neither contagious nor cancerous. The real cause of this condition is not known but it is attributed to hormonal changes such as those due to pregnancy or birth control pills. Overexposure to sunlight is also thought to be a trigger for melasma. Currently there is no cure for melasma but treatment options are available to improve the skin appearance.

Some treatments for melasma include:

  •  Lightening and whitening creams
  • Chemical peels
  •  Laser treatments
  •  All people with melasma MUST wear sunscreen every day