What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that occurs when skin cells grow too quickly, causing red, flaky, light-colored patches of skin that can become itchy, inflamed, scaly, and can even crust. Normal skin cells turn over and flake off about once a month or every four weeks; however, sufferers of psoriasis have skin cells that build up quickly and form plaques. They can vary in diameter and position within your system, forming on the elbows, knees, hands, scalp, and lower back. There are quite a few different forms of psoriasis — plaque psoriasis is the most commonly experienced, however. Though many cases of psoriasis are deemed moderate, some are difficult to treat and can require a number of therapies throughout an individual's lifetime. It's essential to remember that psoriasis isn't contagious and can't be spread from person to person. Once it is diagnosed, it's merely a matter of managing the symptoms so that flare-ups can be decreased. Our dermatologists are here to help Dallas, TX men and women control, treat, and manage their psoriasis at Dermatology Center of Dallas.
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What To Expect from Psoriasis Treatment
The general idea behind psoriasis is that your immune system panics and causes inflammation and flaking of the skin. It is thought that psoriasis can be genetic. Symptoms can appear after triggers, like a stressful event, taking particular drugs, dry weather, or a bad sunburn. Symptoms will often appear symmetrically, like on both knees, both elbows, etc. You may experience anything from minor scaling to areas of thick, scabbed plaques on the head as well. Itching is common before flare-ups, especially when psoriatic spots appear in body folds underneath the breasts or buttocks. Tiny areas of skin bleeding can occur when scales are picked or scratched off. Though there is not any cure for psoriasis, there are treatments available at Dermatology Center of Dallas. Minor cases can be treated with prescription creams, ointments, and lotions. Your head can be treated with shampoos, sprays, and oils. Prescription drugs, either taken by mouth or injected, may also be available. In addition, advancements in laser therapy have provided tremendous improvements for many psoriasis cases. Using phototherapy to expose an individual's skin to a special, ultraviolet light helps minimize symptoms.
Improve your psoriasis
Psoriasis can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, and in some cases, can even make it difficult to carry out simple tasks in your daily life. If that is the case for you, we invite you to reach out to Dermatology Center of Dallas at your earliest convenience. During a consultation with one of our dermatologists, your condition can be assessed and a treatment plan personalized to make your symptoms tolerable and your quality of life better. We urge you to call our Dallas, TX office to schedule a consultation today.