Do you experience chronically patchy, scaly, red, or excessively dry skin? These could be symptoms of psoriasis. This disease affects more than 8 million people in the United States today. While there is no cure for psoriasis, there are a number of treatments available today that can effectively manage symptoms. If you suspect that you or someone you love might have psoriasis, understanding more about the condition is the first step towards getting better.
What is it?
Psoriasis is a chronic, skin condition that begins with an overactive immune system. This condition can make itself known in a number of different ways, including small, drop-like spots and tiny, pus-filled yellowish blisters. For some people, the entire surface of the skin is affected, while others only see symptoms in a few concentrated areas.
Causes and Risk Factors
For individuals with normal skin, the body typically takes between 28-30 days to produce new skin cells and get rid of old ones. For individuals with psoriasis, this skin cell turnover time is significantly faster. Because the skin can’t shed the new skin cells that are being produced, dead skin cells begin to accumulate at the surface of the skin. Over time, they begin to form the red, itchy, flaky patches associated with psoriasis.
While an overactive immune system is what’s ultimately responsible for psoriasis, it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what causes a person’s immune system to initially become overactive.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Seeing a dermatologist is the best way to get an accurate diagnosis.
Even though there is no cure, there are a number of effective treatment options available that can help manage symptoms. Some of the most common of these treatments include creams, ultraviolet light therapy, and oral and injectable medications.
Located in Norwood, Foxboro, and Franklin, Dermatology Associates is committed to providing patients with the highest standard of solutions to countless skin care problems, including psoriasis. If you’d like more information about our practice or are interested in scheduling a consultation appointment, contact us today.