Diagnosis and treatment for psoriasis in Plano
Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red, thickened areas of skin, most commonly on the scalp, elbows, knees, and back. Many people have mild forms of psoriasis without even realizing it, while others have outbreaks that cover large parts of the body. Psoriasis can be persistent and uncomfortable, which is why so many patients visit their dermatologist for relief.
While psoriasis is not contagious, it does have a genetic connection, and is likely to occur in members of the same family. It is diagnosed by a full examination, including the skin, nails, and scalp.
The cause of psoriasis is unknown, although it appears to be an immune response on the skin. Inflammation causes the skin cells to grow too quickly, causing the thickened, scaly patches. In most people, skin replaces itself every 30 days, and in patients with psoriasis that process is sped up to every three to four days.
People with psoriasis will often notice new outbreak spots a couple of weeks after the skin is cut, rubbed, or sunburned. Psoriasis can also flare-up with infections such as strep throat or with certain medications.
The goal with psoriasis treatment is to reduce inflammation and control the shedding and replacement of skin. Topical treatment may include synthetic Vitamin D, retinoids, or cortisone creams. Light therapy can also be very effective in controlling psoriasis flare-ups. In some severe cases, oral or injectable medications can be used in combination with light therapy.
Many with psoriasis have joint pain in addition to skin involvement. The two commonly flare together. The good news is that many of the anti-inflammatory medications that treat the skin also dramatically help the joints. Often, patients think the joint pains are from exercise or aging, not realizing the link to their skin rash.
There has been an explosion in new medications and treatments for psoriasis, giving patients many options and the ability to maintain the skin completely clear in many cases. The providers at Center for Dermatology have extensive experience in treating all forms of psoriasis, offering patients the safest most effective regiments.
If you live in or around Plano and want to learn more about diagnosing and treating psoriasis, call our team today to book an appointment.Back to Blog Page