Psoriasis Treatment

Psoriasis is a common skin condition that affects millions of people around the globe. Psoriasis causes patches of skin to become thick, red, inflamed, and extremely dry and flakey. This skin condition usually develops in adulthood, but can affect men and women of all ages and ethnicities. Most cases of psoriasis are mild and the condition is not contagious. However, psoriasis is a chronic (ongoing) condition as there is no known cure. Many people who suffer from psoriasis find it to be, at most, a nuisance, and dislike the appearance of their skin. Some types of psoriasis can become severe and disabling.

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If you have questions or would like to book a consultation with the dermatologists at Zel Skin & Laser Specialists. Call us at (952) 473-1286 to Book an Appointment.

 

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.

 

Types of Psoriasis

There are five main types of psoriasis, as well as psoriatic arthritis in which a case of psoriasis develops arthritis symptoms, especially swollen joints. These different types are distinguished by their dermatological symptoms, the affected locations, environmental factors, and risk factors. Likewise, different treatments may be recommended based on the type of psoriasis being treated.

While psoriasis can often be diagnosed just through examination of the skin symptoms and patient history, a biopsy and/or blood tests may be ordered to diagnose the type of psoriasis and rule-out other possible causes. Learn more about each type of psoriasis:

 

Psoriasis 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.

 

Treatment and Medications

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. A dermatologist can make personalized treatment recommendations that may include prescription medications and UVA light therapy. You can learn more by checking out this resource for specific psoriasis treatment options.

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.

Zel Skin and Laser Specialists

If you have questions or would like to book a consultation with the dermatologists at Zel Skin & Laser Specialists. Call us at (952) 473-1286 to Book an Appointment.


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