Eric N. Tabor, MD
Location and Office HoursNorthshore Dermatology Clinic
Slidell, LA 70461
- BlueCross Blue Shield of Louisiana
- Coventry Health Care
What is dermatitis herpetiformis?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answeredDermatitis herpetiformis is a chronic disease that causes a skin rash. It makes you feel itchy, and your skin may form blisters or bumps on the elbows, knees, back, back of the scalp, and bottom. Dermatitis herpetiformis is related to the gluten disorder celiac disease, but those with dematitis herpetiformis may not have the same digestive problems.
What is the definition of acne?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
Acne -- in its most common form -- is a skin condition that causes outbreaks of whiteheads, blackheads, or pimples. It occurs when pores get clogged up by sebum, an oily substance made by glands inside the pore of every hair shaft. Sebum's main job is to lubricate and protect the skin and hair, but too much of it can lead to skin eruptions. Pimples are clogged pores that have been infected with bacteria and may redden, swell and fill with pus as the immune system fights back.
What prescription topicals are used for plaque psoriasis?
Douglas Severance, MD, Family Medicine, answered
Along with OTC therapies, prescription "topical" medications are used immediately to treat plaque psoriasis. Prescription topical therapies slow down the rapid cell growth and calm the inflammation linked to psoriasis.
Prescription topical therapies may or may not contain corticosteroids. Dovonex (calcipotriene) is a synthetic vitamin D3 that helps to slow down skin cell growth, flatten the raised lesions and remove the scales from plaque psoriasis. Calcipotriene can be used to treat plaque psoriasis on nails and scalp. Taclonex (calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate) also slows skin cell growth, flattens the raised lesions, removes scales and reduces inflammation and itching. Tazorec (tazarotene) is a vitamin A derivative. This topical retinoid slows skin cell growth. The psoriasis plaques may become extremely red when using this therapy, but it is usually not painful.
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