Eczema & psoriasis
Eczema is an inflammatory skin
condition that produces redness, is
intensely itchy and can severely affect
sleep. Psoriasis also creates scaly red
plaques on the skin. There is hope, with
many new treatments for this condition.
That redness and itching can make
Here again, your doctor can help.
“We have lots of very good treatments
Going to the doctor
for eczema, and there is active research
that’s turning up all kinds of wonderful
new treatments,” Barber says, adding
people with eczema “have tremendous
hope for their future.”
He offers the same advice for anyone
with psoriasis. “In particular, let your
doctor know if it involves the genital
Many people put off going to the doctor
when something is wrong.
Sharon Nelson, director of clinical
services at Edmonton West Primary Care
Network, encourages everyone to find
a good family doctor whom they see on
a routine basis, to stay on top of things.
“It will help prevent illness, keep you
healthier as you age, and help you live
longer,” she says.
Doctors who belong to a primary care
network are part of teams of healthcare
providers who can help you better
understand and deal with a wide range
of health concerns.
Cost of care
Medication can be costly. If you can’t
afford medication, “there are programs
out there that can help,” says continuing
care counsellor Susan Sommerville, who
is based in the Alberta Health Services
Central Zone. “Don’t let money be a
For more information, see Help
with Healthcare Costs Begins with a
Conversation on page 52.
My son's acne
is more than
a skin problem ...
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Jake. you look great!