Eczema And Psoriasis Specialist

Allen A. Flood, MD Dermatology

Allen A. Flood, MD

Dermatologist located in Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

Psoriasis and eczema are skin conditions with similar symptoms, including itchy and cracking skin. While the conditions may appear similar, they have different underlying causes, and therefore are treated differently. Make an appointment with Dr. Allen A. Flood so he can properly diagnose your condition and treat you appropriately.

Eczema and Psoriasis Q & A

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a skin condition involving an overgrowth of skin cells that can look like silver scales, a swollen red rash, or even be dry, cracked and infected. Plaque psoriasis is the most common type and is the one most often seen on the scalp, elbows and knees but it can develop anywhere on the body. Guttate psoriasis appears as salmon-pink lesions and pustular psoriasis can show up on the soles of the feet or palms of the hands. One complication, called psoriatic arthritis can cause joint damage, debilitating joint pain and loss of use.

How is psoriasis diagnosed?

Dr. Flood’s expertise includes the detection and treatment of psoriasis. Diagnosis is often visual, but he might take a small biopsy of an affected area to check it under a microscope to verify the kind of psoriasis and rule out other conditions. During your office visit, he will ask questions about your medical history and whether your parents or family members have had similar skin conditions. As psoriasis is connected with your immune system, things that cause you stress can trigger flares ups.

Among the most common stress factors are:

·         Sunburn
·         Smoking
·         Medications: Some high blood pressure medications and mood medications
·         Cold weather
·         Obesity
·         Heavy alcohol use
·         Streptococcal sore throat

What is the difference between psoriasis and eczema?

Eczema and psoriasis have many similarities. Both may show as itchy, reddened, inflamed, peeling blistered, infected and pus-filled patches of skin. Eczema is also called atopic dermatitis and doesn’t form plaques like psoriasis. Eczema, like psoriasis, isn’t contagious.  Eczema can usually be cleared up with topical treatments but some tough cases may need other methods.

How is psoriasis treated and is there a cure?

After Dr. Flood determines the type of psoriasis you have he’ll set the best course for treatment. A light case of psoriasis with itching might just require a moisturizer to reduce itching, dryness, and scaling.

Other topical medications are:
·         Topical corticosteroids: mild to strong anti-inflammatory drugs reduce itching
·         Anthralin: Can remove scale, smooth skin
·         Topical retinoids: To normalizes DNA in cells and decrease inflammation
·         Salicylic acid: Prepared in shampoos to treat scalp psoriasis
·         Coal tar: Reduces itching, scaling and inflammation

Along with topical therapies for psoriasis and eczema, Dr. Flood offers narrow band UVB light therapy. He exposes your skin to an artificial UVB light source that penetrates the skin and slows growth of affected areas. This therapy requires multiple treatments on a regular schedule. Narrow band UVB may also be recommended with topical agents. There is no cure for psoriasis, but Dr. Flood can tailor your treatment to help reduce symptoms and flare ups, and produce longer remissions.


Dr. Allen A. Flood takes the following insurance options and many more. If you do not see your insurance listed here, please feel free to contact our office, and our staff will be able to assist you.

Blue Cross Blue Shield
CarePlus Health Plans (Florida Medicare)
Freedom Health
Golden Rule
United Healthcare