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Savannah, GA 31406
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Psoriasis treatment
 


What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition. Psoriasis develops when the immune system tells the body to over-react and accelerate the growth of skin cells. Normal skin cells mature and are shed from the skin’s surface every 28-30 days. For people with psoriasis, the skin cells mature in 3 to 6 days and move to the skin surface. Rather than being shed, the skin cells pile up and cause the visible lesions.

 

There are five types of psoriasis:
•    Plaque psoriasis: Patches of raised, reddish skin covered by silvery-white scale that can occur anywhere.
•    Guttate psoriasis: Small, red spots on the skin.
•    Pustular psoriasis: White pustules surrounded by red skin.
•    Inverse psoriasis: Smooth, red lesions form in skin folds.
•    Erythrodermic psoriasis: Widespread redness, severe itching and pain.

 

Regardless of the shape and color, people with psoriasis experience discomfort due to itchy skin that may crack and bleed. For people with a severe case, it can cause disruption in their daily activities and sleep habits.

Additionally, between 10% and 30% of people who develop psoriasis get a related form of arthritis called “psoriatic arthritis.”  Psoriatic arthritis causes inflammation of the joints.

Who Gets Psoriasis?


Psoriasis affects about 4.5 million adults in the United States.  Of those diagnosed with psoriasis, an estimated 20% have moderate to severe psoriasis. Psoriasis occurs about equally in males and females. Recent studies show that there may be an ethnic and genetic link. Psoriasis is a condition caused by faulty signals in the body’s immune system and is not contagious.

Is there a cure?

Currently there is no cure. Psoriasis is usually a lifelong condition prone to flare ups and remissions. Controlling the signs and symptoms typically requires lifelong therapy. Therapy treatment is the best option for people with psoriasis.

Treatment

Treatment of psoriasis begins with a diagnosis. Each form of psoriasis has unique characteristics that allow dermatologists to visually identify what type, or types, of psoriasis is present. Usually a skin biopsy will be performed to confirm the diagnosis.

To plan the best treatment method, dermatologists consider several factors:

•    Type of psoriasis

•    Severity (amount of skin affected)

•    What part of body is affected

•    Patient’s age and medical history


Each treatment has advantages and disadvantages, and what works for one patient may not be effective for another. Dermatologists have the medical training and experience needed to determine the most appropriate treatments for each patient.

Types of Treatment

The variety of treatments usually include topical, phototherapy and systemic. People with mild to moderate psoriasis react well to topical treatments, while more severe or disabling cases of psoriasis usually require phototherapy and systemic treatments that include oral medications and injections.

Each of these therapies has benefits and drawbacks that your dermatologist will discuss with you prior to starting the treatment.

 
 
 
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