What is psoriasis and how is it treated?

One in 40 people deal with a skin disorder known as psoriasis. The cause of psoriasis is still not known, but it is believed through continued studies that there may be a hereditary or environmental factor that is connected. Psoriasis is a condition that results from the skin’s inability to shed dead skin cells. Typically, skin cells shed in a cycle that occurs approximately after one month’s time, but patients with psoriasis experience faster skin maturity cycles that might occur in as little as four days. The result is clusters of skin cells that look like silvery, scaled lesions. Patients with psoriasis may notice these lesions anywhere on the body, but they are typically found on the scalp, knees, and elbows. Patients might not have chronic psoriasis and instead may experience flare-ups. By knowing the triggering factors of flare-ups, some patients can manage their condition.

What can cause psoriasis to flare?

Some of the more common reasons why flare-ups occur are due to triggers such as smoking, alcohol, stress, and weather changes. When patients work with a dermatologist to get a proper diagnosis of their condition, they can also discuss with the doctor the possible triggers that might cause their skin to flare. Managing these triggers is just one of many ways to manage this skin disorder.

What are the treatment options for patients with psoriasis?

Currently, there is no cure for psoriasis. Fortunately, with the help of an experienced professional, many patients can find a solution to help them in managing it and reducing flare-ups. Some of the ways in which patients may treat this condition include:

  • Steroid medications
  • Topical retinoids
  • Vitamin D3 creams
  • Medicated shampoos
  • Oral medications
  • Laser therapies
  • Phototherapy
  • Biologics
  • Omega 3 fatty acids

How do I learn more about psoriasis?

If you believe you are dealing with psoriasis, or are interested in working with a dermatological professional to help in managing it, it might be time to turn to the team at Dermatology Consultants of Short Hills. Our providers are pleased to help Short Hills, NJ area patients with a wide range of skin, hair, and nail concerns that affect their health or appearance. We are conveniently located at 636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 2H and accept new and returning patients who call for an appointment at (973) 232-6245.

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