Eczema and psoriasis are two common chronic skin conditions that can be incredibly distressing for those affected. Both conditions are characterized by inflammation, redness, itching, and the potential for skin lesions. Traditional treatments, often involving topical steroids or other pharmaceutical medications, provide temporary relief for many patients. However, in recent years, functional medicine has emerged as a promising alternative for treating eczema, psoriasis, and even addressing the challenging issue of topical treatment withdrawal.
Functional medicine, with its holistic approach, seeks to understand the underlying factors contributing to these skin conditions rather than merely addressing the surface symptoms. Dr. Washatka is committed to finding long lasting treatments, management, and solutions for people with long lasting skin conditions. Skin conditions like Eczema and psoriasis can present for a number of reasons. From food sensitivities, to a poor gut microbiome, to genetic predispositions. By considering the interconnected web of genetics, lifestyle, environment, and individual triggers, Dr. Washatka’s office offers a more comprehensive and sustainable approach to treatment.
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, often begins in childhood but can persist into adulthood. Functional medicine for eczema starts with a thorough evaluation of the patient’s health history, environmental exposures, diet, and genetic factors. The goal is to identify and address the root causes of eczema, which can vary widely from person to person.
One key aspect of eczema treatment involves dietary modifications. Some individuals may have sensitivities to certain foods or additives that exacerbate their symptoms. Identifying and eliminating these triggers can lead to significant improvements in the condition.
Research has shown a strong connection between gut health and skin conditions like eczema. Dr. Washatka works on improving gut health by addressing issues like leaky gut syndrome and dysbiosis through dietary changes, probiotics, and other interventions.
Stress is a known trigger for eczema flare-ups. Our office incorporates stress management techniques, such as mindfulness and relaxation strategies, to reduce the impact of stress on the skin.
Dr. Washatka often includes the use of targeted supplements to address nutritional deficiencies or imbalances that can contribute to eczema.
For some patients, we also consider topical treatments but we aim for a more holistic approach, using natural, non-irritating products that support the skin’s natural barrier function.
Patients are educated about their condition and provided with tools to make sustainable lifestyle changes that can help manage and prevent eczema flare-ups.
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin condition characterized by the rapid and excessive growth of skin cells. This results in the formation of thick, red, and often scaly patches or plaques on the skin’s surface. It is not contagious and can vary in severity, with some individuals experiencing mild symptoms while others may have more severe and widespread outbreaks. Our management approach for psoriasis follows a similar approach as with eczema.
Dietary changes can play a significant role in managing psoriasis. Some individuals may find relief through anti-inflammatory diets or the elimination of potential trigger foods.
Dr. Washatka often explores immune system modulation to reduce the inflammatory response associated with psoriasis. This may involve dietary modifications, supplementation, and lifestyle changes.
Like eczema, psoriasis can also be influenced by gut health. Balancing the gut microbiome and addressing any gastrointestinal issues can be crucial in psoriasis management.
Stress management techniques are essential in psoriasis treatment. High stress levels can exacerbate symptoms, so Dr. Washatka is passionate about emphasizing stress reduction.
Targeted nutritional supplementation can help address nutrient deficiencies and support the immune system.
Natural and gentle topical treatments are considered to soothe and moisturize affected skin.
A growing concern in the management of chronic skin conditions is the withdrawal of topical treatments, particularly steroids. Many patients become dependent on these medications, and discontinuation can lead to a severe rebound effect. Dr. Washatka offers strategies for managing this challenging process.
Our office works with patients to gradually reduce the use of topical steroids to minimize the risk of rebound flaring.
Natural alternatives, such as soothing herbal creams and oils, are often used during withdrawal to alleviate discomfort.
By identifying and addressing the root causes of the skin condition, Dr. Washatka can reduce the need for ongoing topical treatments.
Dr. Washatka provides a promising approach to treating eczema and psoriasis by addressing the root causes of these conditions and offering a more holistic and sustainable treatment plan. Furthermore, our office offers strategies for safely withdrawing from topical treatments, ensuring that patients can manage their conditions without dependency on medications. Patients benefit not only from symptom relief but also from improved overall health and well-being.
Dr. Washatka is passionate about helping her patients make informed decisions when it comes to their health and overall well being. Skin Conditions is something that can be deemed as minimal or dismissed with just some over the counter treatments. However, Dr. Washatka knows that skin conditions can be caused by many underlying issues. It is our mission to help get the root causes of these skin conditions and help you feel better about yourself from the inside out. Contact us today if you would like to pursue genetic testing.
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