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What is Psoriasis?
Have you been experiencing bumpy, white-scale-topped patches of red skin erupting over certain parts of your body? These itchy, sometimes painful plaques could be the result of an undiagnosed case of psoriasis. Although this skin disorder does not have a cure, there are several treatment options that can lead to symptom relief. Read on to learn more about psoriasis and how your local dermatologist can help!
The Background on Psoriasis
While there is no medical consensus on what exactly causes psoriasis, experts generally point towards an abnormality in how T cells operate in a patient’s immune system. T cells are normally used by the body in order to defend against foreign threats, such as viruses or bacteria. However, for those with psoriasis, these cells become overactive and start to treat healthy skin cells as if they were harmful. In turn, this leads the body to behave as if it had a wound to heal, or an infection to fight. As a result, sporadic patches of irritated skin begin to erupt on certain parts of the body.
Both the appearance of these symptoms and the level of their severity can be triggered through a number of factors, including:
- Skin infections
- Skin injuries
- Heavy stress
- Regular tobacco use
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Use of specific medications, such as lithium, beta blockers, antimalarial drugs, and iodides
Although there is no cure for the disorder, your local dermatologist has a number of treatment methods that can slow down the growth of skin cells responsible for psoriasis’ uncomfortable rashes. An appointment with your skin doctor can determine which of these options is right for you:
- Steroid cream
- Coal tar (available in lotions, creams, foams, soaps, and shampoos)
- Ultraviolet therapy
- Retinoid (not recommended for women who are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant)
- Methotrexate (only for serious cases)
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Find out whether your red patchy skin could be due to psoriasis.\
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that causes scaly, rough patches to manifest anywhere on your skin. These patches will often flare-up, meaning that sometimes you’ll experience symptoms and sometimes you won’t. The flare-ups may be severe or mild and some people experience flare-ups more regularly while others may only have a couple flare-ups a year. Of course, it’s important to determine not only if you have psoriasis but what kind you have. Our Peoria, AZ, dermatologist, Dr. Vernon Thomas Mackey, is here to provide a little insight into the different kinds of psoriasis you could have.
There are five different kinds of psoriasis:
- Psoriatic arthritis
This is the most common type of psoriasis and it causes thick, red patches anywhere on the body; however, these patches most commonly appear on the elbows, knees, scalp and back. You may find that these patches are also itchy. If you scratch you will find that the itching only gets worse.
This type of psoriasis is often shiny and red and these patches are more likely to be found within the folds of your skin such as your armpits. It’s not uncommon for someone with this form of psoriasis to also have another type of psoriasis as well. In the beginning, a lot of people mistake this psoriasis for a fungal infection.
This is the second most common form of psoriasis often appearing as early as childhood. Unlike plaque psoriasis, these small pink spots are not as thick and they may be found on the arms, legs, stomach, scalp or face. In many cases, a flare-up is brought about by stress, an illness or taking certain medications.
This is one of the more serious forms of psoriasis that causes (as you may be able to tell from the name) white bumps containing pus to develop on the skin. Even though many people think of pus and immediately assume they have an infection, especially because this form of psoriasis can also cause flu-like symptoms, there is no infection present.
This is probably the rarest form of psoriasis and it often looks like someone has incurred serious burns. This is a more widespread form of psoriasis that can affect extensive areas of the body. Erythrodermic psoriasis is considered serious and should be treated right away.
While people often assume psoriasis is a skin condition, our Peoria skin doctors are here to tell you that it’s actually an autoimmune disorder that attacks the skin. In some cases, such as this one, it can attack the joints, as well. This causes serious and chronic pain and swelling in the joints.
Are you experiencing symptoms that make you concerned that you might have psoriasis? If you are faced with this disorder let the dermatological experts at Peoria, AZ, give you the care you deserve to fight your symptoms. Call Advanced Desert Dermatology today.
Don’t let this skin condition leave you feeling embarrassed by red, scaly patches.
Anyone who has psoriasis might tell you about their need to hide their embarrassing scaly plaques. Maybe you wish to bare your arms during the summer months rather than hiding behind fabric. Perhaps you worry about pulling your hair up for fear of exposing red, irritated patches of skin. If you are looking for a way to treat your psoriasis symptoms then our Peoria, AZ dermatologist, Dr. Vernon Thomas Mackey, might be able to help.
While anyone with psoriasis knows that this condition is not curable, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways to manage your symptoms. In fact, many patients with psoriasis find that the treatments we offer reduce the frequency and severity of their flare-ups. Common treatments include
Salicylic Acid: We can prescribe creams that contain this active ingredient, which can help to shed the dead scaly skin that is characteristic of psoriasis. Of course, since salicylic acid can be drying it can also lead to skin irritation. If you experience skin redness or other issues as a result of using this medication, talk to our Peoria skin doctor about ways to handle these side effects.
Topical steroids: Sometimes using steroid creams can help to reduce itching and inflammation, and also prevent the cells from overproducing (the cause of these scaly patches).
Retin-A: While not as fast acting as steroids, this form of Vitamin A can still help to improve psoriasis symptoms.
Other treatment options include:
Light therapy: If you have a more severe and stubborn case of psoriasis that doesn’t seem to respond as well to topical treatment, we may recommend light therapy for tackling your symptoms. Research has found that psoriasis responds well to small doses of sunlight.
Oral medications: If other treatment options haven’t provided you with the results you want then an oral medication may be prescribed. These medications affect how the immune system functions, so this medication isn’t usually recommended unless other psoriasis treatments have been exhausted.
Don’t let psoriasis keep you from showing off your skin. Feel confident in your appearance once again with help from our dermatologist in Peoria, AZ. Call Advanced Desert Dermatology today.
Psoriasis is a common, chronic, and often frustrating skin condition that causes skin scaling, inflammation, redness and irritation. The exact cause is unknown, but psoriasis is thought to be caused by an overactive immune system, which causes the skin to form inflamed, scaly lesions. These patches of thick, red skin may be itchy and painful. They are often found on the elbows and knees, but can also form on the scalp, lower back, face and nails.
Symptoms of psoriasis are different for every person and can vary in intensity over time. Some people may even go months or years without symptoms before flare-ups return. Symptoms of psoriasis can manifest in many ways, including:
- Rough, scaly skin
- Cracks on fingertips
- Simple tasks are painful, such as tying your shoe
- Brown, uneven nails
- Flaky skin
- Joint pain or aching
- Severe itching
The onset of psoriasis can occur at any age, although it most often occurs in adults. The disease is non-contagious and is thought to be genetic. Because psoriasis is a persistent, systemic autoimmune disease, people with psoriasis will have it for a lifetime. Most people who suffer from psoriasis can lead healthy, active lives, however, with proper management and care.
Coping with Psoriasis: Your Dermatologist can Help
Currently, there is no cure for psoriasis, but with the help of Advanced Desert Dermatology, you can learn how to cope with the condition, reduce psoriasis symptoms and keep outbreaks under control for an improved quality of life. Treatment depends on how serious the psoriasis is; the type of psoriasis; and how the patient responds to certain treatments.