Living with the irritation and discomfort of psoriasis? Dr. Vernon Mackey at Advanced Desert Dermatology in Peoria, AZ is committed to helping you find the best treatment method for your needs.
Skin cells are designed to grow within the skin, rise to the surface, and then fall off – all within about a month’s time. Some people have skin cells that don’t follow this normal cycle, though.
Instead, it happens over a few days, which leads to a build-up of skin cells. This is a condition known as psoriasis. Unfortunately, it can lead to several unwanted side effects, including cracked skin that bleeds, patches of skin that burn and itch, swollen joints, and more.
Treating Psoriasis in Peoria, AZ
Obviously, psoriasis is an issue no one wants to deal with, but there is no known cure for it. There are, however, several treatment options, depending on your symptoms and the type of psoriasis you have. These treatments include the following.
At times, certain prescription creams and ointments as well as some found over the counter can help relieve symptoms. These include:
- Everyday moisturizers, preferably without scent as it can irritate your skin further
- Salicylic acid
- Topical corticosteroids and retinoids
- Vitamin D ointments
Oral Medications and Injections
If topical treatments do not work, Dr. Mackey at Advanced Desert Dermatology might prescribe oral medication and medical injections, such as:
- Oral retinoids
These are not intended to be taken forever, so any prescriptions will only cover a short period. Also, these can induce some undesirable side effects, so it’s important that Dr. Mackey be aware of any health issues and any symptoms you feel once you begin. Thorough communication can help ensure you receive the best and safest treatment.
Light Therapy Treatment
If nothing else seems to be working, you might consider light therapy. This is a non-invasive method that utilizes UV light to kill the white blood cells that are causing your skin to produce so rapidly. It can help produce longer-lasting results.
If you’re tired of living with psoriasis in Peoria, AZ, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mackey at Advanced Desert Dermatology to discuss your treatment options by calling (623) 977-6700.