Psoriasis is a rather common chronic skin condition that causes skin cells to develop at a more rapid pace than older skin cells have time to shed. This can create thick patches of skin also known as plaques, that appear scaly and red. Most psoriasis patients experience severe itchiness, and dry, irritated skin. The appearance of plaque outbreaks can occur periodically. Psoriasis can develop at any age, and although there is no cure for it, there are ways to manage Psoriasis.
There are ways to identify if you have Psoriasis including symptoms like:
- Red patches of skin that appear scaly
- Itching, Burning, Irritated skin
- Dry or cracked skin
- Sore joints
Causes of Psoriasis
The main cause of Psoriasis has not been identified. However, it is believed to be related to the immune system involving the T cells, as well as the white blood cells. The T cell’s normal function involves protecting the skin from foreign invaders, such as bacteria. Patients with psoriasis however, the T cells may accidentally attack healthy skin cells with the similar function healing a wound. This can cause the overproduction of skin cells, and it becomes an ongoing cycle.
Although there is no cure for psoriasis, there are some ways to manage outbreaks, including:
- Seeking the help of a specialist for prescribed topical treatments
- Steroid-based creams
- Coal-tar ointments and shampoos
- Prescription retinoids
- Light therapy
- Aloe vera
- Dead sea salts
We offer advanced psoriasis treatments to help remedy symptoms and can construct an optimal treatment plan based on your needs. Schedule your appointment with us today to learn more.
If you feel you are experiencing symptoms of psoriasis, or are interested in learning more about different ways of treatment, reach out to us here at Dermatology and Skin Care Associates. Contact us today and schedule your appointment! We look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve greater dermal wellness!