Itchy, sore skin covered in thick silvery flakes is typical of the chronic skin disease psoriasis. If you have psoriasis, the experienced dermatologists at Aesthetic and Clinical Dermatology Associates can help. At their offices in Hinsdale and Saint Charles, Illinois, they offer practical solutions to the unpleasant symptoms of psoriasis. To benefit from their expertise, call the office nearest you today or request an appointment online.
Psoriasis is a chronic and often distressing skin condition. When you have psoriasis, you’re likely to develop red patches of skin covered in thick, silvery scales. Your skin might itch, burn, and feel sore. Cracks can develop that bleed or itch. You might also have thickened, pitted, or ridged nails.
Psoriasis patches often start as small spots that look like dandruff. If they get worse, the patches can spread to cover large areas of your body. The condition can become disabling if it gets bad enough. You might also develop psoriatic arthritis, where the skin problems are accompanied by swollen, stiff, painful joints.
Psoriasis often comes and goes, flaring up for several weeks or months before improving again. Some people find their psoriasis goes into remission and almost completely disappears.
Psoriasis is most likely due to an immune system fault that causes your skin to regenerate faster than normal. The scaly patches (called plaques) are a buildup of excess skin cells. The immune system malfunction could be a result of environmental or genetic factors or both.
When you have psoriasis, you might notice “triggers,” things that set off an attack. Common triggers include:
Coming off steroid medication too fast can also make your psoriasis worse. Identifying the things that trigger your psoriasis can help you avoid them.
The psoriasis treatment provided at Aesthetic and Clinical Dermatology Associates focuses on removing existing skin scales and slowing down or stopping the rapid growth of new cells.
Topical treatments that can help include:
Another way of treating psoriasis is to expose your skin to UVB broadband or narrowband light or excimer laser therapy. Light therapies like these are often most effective when combined with medication (photodynamic therapy).
If your condition doesn’t improve using these methods, you might need an immunosuppressant like methotrexate or cyclosporine. These medications limit your immune system’s response, reducing inflammation.
Aesthetic and Clinical Dermatology Associates also uses biologics, a newer approach to treating psoriasis. Biologics target specific areas of your immune system, blocking the action of particular cells.
Biologics target T-cells (white blood cells that play an essential role in your immune system) and specific proteins that play a significant role in the development of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
Find the proper treatment for your psoriasis by calling Aesthetic and Clinical Dermatology Associates today or requesting an appointment online.