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Plano patients ask dermatologist, "How to treat Psoriasis?"

Skin Disorder Did you know that about two to three percent of the population in the United States deals with some degree of psoriasis? Psoriasis is a condition that affects the skin, usually as a result of an autoimmune disorder. A fault response in the body leads to a faster production of skin cells than is necessary, which leads to thickening of the skin in various areas of the body. Psoriasis can be irritating and uncomfortable for patients. If you have noticed thick, red, scaly patches on the skin, you may have psoriasis.

Flare-ups of psoriasis can be triggered by a number of factors, the most common are:
  • Stress
  • Injury to the skin (such as scratches, sunburns, or even vaccination sites)
  • Medications – Some medications used to treat psychiatric disorders and high blood pressure can lead to flare-ups
  • Infection – Anything that can affect the immune system can affect psoriasis. Strep throat, ear infections, bronchitis, and respiratory infections can all lead to worsening of psoriasis.

Seeking Treatment

When patients come to us with a possible psoriasis diagnosis, the first thing we do is a full skin examination along with a family history. Nearly one-third of patients with psoriasis also have a family member who has had the disease. Once a diagnosis is made, we will work with you to reduce triggers and symptoms.

Treatment for psoriasis often includes topical creams and oral medications. These can often eliminate the major symptoms. For more severe cases, medications given by IV or injection may be necessary. In addition, certain dermatological services such as light and phototherapy can be helpful. There has been an explosion of new medications and treatments in the past couple of years, allowing for many patients to have completely clear skin.

Many patients with psoriasis also have joint pains. Fortunately, the medications that treat the skin also decrease joint inflammation, allowing for both the skin and joints to be treated simultaneously.

There is relief available for psoriasis sufferers. If you are in the Plano area and are looking for ways to eliminate the irritating symptoms of psoriasis, call The Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery today at 972-985-9003 to schedule your consultation. Together, we'll help you manage this skin condition and focus on what's important.

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