Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition characterized by red patches of dry, scaly skin that may be itchy or even painful. Psoriasis speeds up the life cycle of skin cells, which causes the excess cells to build up on the skin, forming scales. There are several different types of psoriasis, including plaque psoriasis, nail psoriasis, guttate psoriasis and inverse psoriasis. Most types of psoriasis come and go in cycles, flaring up for several weeks or months and then subsiding for an extended time or going into remission.
There is no cure for psoriasis, but the symptoms can be managed. Moisturizing, not smoking, and limiting stress can help with symptoms of psoriasis. Topical treatments, light therapy and prescription medications can also alleviate symptoms. Psoriasis flare-ups can often be triggered by infections, skin injuries, heavy consumption of alcohol, certain medications, and vitamin D deficiencies. Identifying and eliminating these factors can help reduce psoriasis outbreaks.
If you are suffering from psoriasis, we can help. We will determine the appropriate treatment plan for you depending on the type of psoriasis, the severity of your symptoms, and your medical history. If you have any questions about psoriasis treatments, please call our office for more information.