Sandra N. Hannegan, MD
Location and Office HoursLow Country Dermatology Associates
8 Farmfield Ave Ste D
Charleston, SC 29407
- BlueCross BlueShield
- Coventry Health Care
- First Health
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- Medical Mutual of Ohio
- Tricare/Humana Military Healthcare
- United Healthcare
What is the difference between psoriasis and eczema?
Psoriasis and eczema are similar in that both are skin conditions that can be red and itchy, are genetic and can negatively effect your quality of life. Some of the treatments, such as creams or light therapy, are also similar. Systemic treatments may be different, with more treatment options available for psoriasis. The pathogenesis (what happens in your body) of the diseases are also different. But both can be managed well to improve the patients' condition.
How is lichen sclerosis treated?
Lauren Streicher, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, answeredSteroids are the almost magical cure for lichen sclerosis (LS), but it needs to be the right steroid and it needs to be used the right way. Clobetasol is the prescription-strength cream that is generally the first line of attack. It needs to be applied frequently at first and then is reduced to a maintenance dose. This is one of those conditions that if the medication is completely stopped, the recurrence rate is very high. While some women are able to eventually stop using the cream and apply only if symptoms come back, most need to apply the medication on a fairly regular basis to prevent recurrence.
Steroids tend to make the skin thin, so many treatment protocols also require using topical estrogen cream to make the tissue thicker and more elastic. It's a balancing act; the right combination of steroid and estrogen cream do the trick for the majority of women.
The most important thing to know is that this is a manageable problem. Virtually every patient with lichen sclerosis (LS) is able to restore her sex life and her sanity.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
Should I talk to my doctor about dermatitis herpetiformis?
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Yes, you should talk to your doctor about symptoms that may indicate dermatitis herpetiformis. The disease is treatable, so talking with your doctor could help you gain relief and prevent further problems. If you have a rash that does not go away, be sure to check with your doctor.
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