Do you live in the San Fernando Valley, Encino, California area and are searching for a solution to dry, itchy, inflamed skin? Both eczema and psoriasis are common skin conditions that cause these symptoms. Dr. T. Joseph Raoof at RAOOF MD specializes in medical dermatology and can diagnose and manage your skin condition. All patients from the Greater Los Angeles area are welcome.
Also referred to as atopic dermatitis, eczema describes a skin condition that is most common in babies and children. However, adults can have this condition, too. Symptoms may include oozing, dry skin or areas of bumpy skin. It is thought to be caused by a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Although some people’s eczema may improve over time, it is a chronic and life-long condition. It is commonly seen in people who also have asthma and hay fever.
Before treating your eczema, Dr. Raoof will first need to confirm that this is the cause of your skin irregularities. After eczema has been diagnosed, you can work with your doctor to decide on a treatment strategy. Generally, eczema is treated with medications and topical ointments geared towards relieving itching and preventing flare-ups. Good skin care may also reduce your eczema symptoms
Psoriasis is another common skin condition treated at RAOOF MD. This condition affects the life cycle of skin cells. It is also a chronic, long-lasting skin condition. The symptoms of psoriasis may differ between people, but, in general, they include the following signs:
Dry, cracked skin that is prone to bleeding
Itching, burning, or sore skin
Red skin patches with silvery scales
Small spots of scaling
Swollen, stiff joints
Thickened, pitted or ridged nails
There are five types of psoriasis: erythrodermic, guttate, inverse, plaque, and pustular. Upon evaluation, your doctor will determine which type of psoriasis is affecting you.
A variety of treatment approaches are used to help patients manage the symptoms of psoriasis. These treatments are directed at slowing down the growth of skin cells to reduce inflammation and remove the scales. Treatments may include topical medications in the form of creams, lotions and shampoos, oral medications, and phototherapy, or light therapy.
RAOOF MD accepts most major PPO insurance plans. No HMO plans are currently accepted for Medi-Cal or Medicare patients. Due to the nature of the services offered at our office, we require pre-payment for selected treatments which our office can review with you at the time of your visit. Patients may be eligible for insurance reimbursement for these treatments based on their current plan. If you would like to verify your eligibility or benefits, please contact your insurance company directly. Our office is available to answer any questions.