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Children’s Eczema: How to prevent this uncomfortable condition

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infant-eczemaEczema –a skin disorder characterized by rough, red, scaly and itchy skin — is on the rise. It is estimated that up to 20% of children in the United States suffer from varying forms of this disorder.

Recent research has given new strategies to help prevent this uncomfortable skin disorder.
1. Daily application of emollients from birth: Applying moisturizer from birth has been shown to significantly reduce the development of eczema. The benefit is due to enhancement of the skin barrier.  Researchers propose that daily application of moisturizer to all babies constitutes an effective, safe and cheap strategy to help prevent eczema.
2. Home water softeners: A study in England determined in children genetically prone to eczema, that hard water exacerbated the condition. Further studies are underway.
3. Probiotics: Maternal consumption of probiotics, especially during the third trimester, may reduce the development of eczema. The science shows that probiotics increase the development of diverse gut microbes. These microbes have a protective strategy against eczema.
Simple and effective strategies for eczema are easy to incorporate into our daily lives and can help protect the next generation against this itchy and uncomfortable skin disorder.

 

 

TCL Feature 10/18 at 3pm-Psoriasis: Causes and Treatment

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A real Tareen Dermatology patient before and after 3 months of phototherapy treatment.

A real Tareen Dermatology patient before and after 3 months of phototherapy treatment.

Psoriasis is a chronic (persistent), auto-immune skin disease. It presents as thick patches of skin that can appear anywhere on the body and look red and scaly. Psoriasis occurs when a person’s immune system sends signals to the skin cells, which cause them to grow more quickly than usual. This results in many skin cells piling up on the surface of the skin, which appear as thickened plaques.

There are other conditions associated with psoriasis, including psoriatic arthritis, heart conditions, depression and obesity. Psoriasis most commonly appears on the scalp, knees, elbows and torso but it can appear anywhere on the body. New research shows that almost 5% of the population may be affected by psoriasis.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for psoriasis. However, there a several methods for controlling and managing the symptoms.

-Topical Medications: Help reduce the inflammation and thickened plaques that result from psoriasis.

-Laser/Phototherapy: Use safe wavelengths of UV light to target specific lesions or to treat the entire body.

-Injectable/Oral Medications: Such medications include Humira ®, Stellara ®, Cosentyx and Otezla. These medications can have serious side effects and should be used under the supervision of a physician.

Tareen Dermatology in Roseville, Minnesota is proud to offer these safe and effective treatments for psoriasis. Contact our office for more information or to schedule an appointment. Dr. Mohiba Tareen was featured on ABC’s Twin Cities Live, channel 5, discussing psoriasis treatments on Tuesday, October 18th at 3 pm. Check out the video here.

 

 

The interesting history of psoriasis

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Sermon: Healing a Leper Mark 1:40-45

Sermon: Healing a Leper Mark 1:40-45

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Many patients that I newly diagnose or treat for psoriasis think that psoriasis is an uncommon condition.
In reality, psoriasis has been described for over 2,000 years.  In the Old Testament, psoriatics and lepers were grouped together and rejected from the community.  Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine (460- 377 BC), also grouped psoriasis and leprosy as the same skin condition.  In 1313, the Emperor Philip the Fair ordered psoriatics burned at the stake as he considered them to be in the same category as lepers and witches.   It wasn’t until 1841 that the physician Hebra clinically separated psoriasis from leprosy.
We now know that over 2% of the world’s population suffers from psoriasis. In the US and Canada, the incidence of psoriasis is estimated to be 4.6 -4.7% of the population.  There is no reason to be ashamed if you or a loved one suffer from psoriasis!
I have had many patients who believe that nothing can be done for psoriasis. These poor patients have lived with the itching, flaking, and embarrassment for years.
I am inviting patients and friends to an informational session on the basics of psoriasis and the revolutionary Xtrac laser treatment.  This free seminar will be at the Tareen Dermatology Roseville office on Wednesday, June 5th from 5-7 pm.  Learn about psoriasis and various treatment options.  Please RSVP to mary@tareendermatology.com  We look forward to seeing you!
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