Psoriasis Treatments

Psoriasis is a common skin condition affecting millions of people around the world. Psoriasis causes patches of skin to become thick, red, inflamed, and extremely dry. This skin typically takes on a flaky appearance. The condition usually develops in adulthood, but it can affect people of all ages.

Most cases of psoriasis are mild, and it is not contagious. However, this is a chronic (ongoing) condition, and there is no known cure. Many people who experience psoriasis find it to be a nuisance, impacting their confidence and how they perceive their skin’s appearance. However, some cases can become severe and disabling.

If you suspect you have psoriasis, seek medical help. Managing the condition’s symptoms is the best form of psoriasis treatment, and early care can significantly mitigate future symptoms – even though there is no known cure.

 

Psoriasis Causes

Doctors are not certain of any specific psoriasis causes. In skin not affected by psoriasis, new skin cells grow slowly to the surface as it is replaced by new cells underneath. The old skin then flakes off. This process takes about four weeks. However, skin affected with psoriasis grows in days, not weeks. This rapid growth builds up to form thick patches of skin. It is believed that some people inherit a genetic condition that causes their skin to grow in this unique pattern.

While there is no known cause of psoriasis, there are several common triggers. People who suffer from this condition will notice that certain factors worsen their skin, such as extreme climates, stress, certain medications, and smoking.

 

Symptoms

Symptom of this condition can range from mild and moderate to severe. Mild symptoms will usually include a small area of rash that is itchy. Moderate to severe cases tend to involve inflamed and raised red areas accompanied by flaky, dry, and uncomfortable skin. Most rashes are very itchy and ender to the touch.

Some affected patches can cover large areas of the skin. Occasionally, this condition can cause swollen joints. Known as psoriatic arthritis, this phenomenon can affect any joint in the body. In some cases, it can lead to joint damage, which can be debilitating.

 

Psoriasis Treatment

Symptoms may disappear without psoriasis treatment, but they almost always return. Managing this condition should start at home and involve proper skin care. Lotions and creams can help keep the skin moist, but it is also important to avoid triggers that are known to cause flare-ups.

In moderate to severe cases of psoriasis, doctors can prescribe oral or topical medication. Additionally, UVA light therapy is a popular option for psoriasis treatment.

When to See a Dermatologist for Psoriasis

While there is no psoriasis treatment that can cure the condition, medical professionals provide necessary symptom management. From suggesting medications to utilizing UVA light therapy, dermatologists and skincare professionals have the tools to help you mitigate symptoms. It is important to avoid factors that may trigger a flare-up. A dermatologist can help identify those triggers and prescribe a psoriasis treatment plan to combat the condition.

If you suspect you have psoriasis, or if you are ready to start psoriasis treatment, Zel Skin & Laser Specialists is a great place to receive treatment. Contact Us to schedule an appointment or virtual visit today.

 

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