Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin condition that speeds up the lifecycle of skin cells. This makes the skin build up in red, bumpy, flaky patches covered in white scales. The spots can appear anywhere, but mainly affect the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back. Psoriasis is not contagious, but misinformation is. While there’s no cure for psoriasis, treatments do exist to help manage the condition.
August is National Psoriasis Awareness Month. The National Psoriasis Foundation sponsors the event, and it aims to increase awareness for psoriasis, promote the need for a cure, and advocate for those diagnosed. There are 7.5 million Americans that have psoriasis. Although prevalent, many people are still unaware of what psoriasis is and how those diagnosed are impacted. It’s time to change that. Find out ways to get involved here.
There is no condition-specific diagnostic tool used to diagnose psoriasis. However, a dermatologist specializes in skin disorders and can accurately diagnose and find the right treatment plan for you. Psoriasis treatment depends on how severe the symptoms are. It can range from mild to severe, and each level is treated a bit differently. Every person’s body works differently, so there is no “one size fits all” approach. In many cases, a patient may need to try a few of the therapies available, or a combination of available options may be required.
Available Treatment Options
- Topical Prescriptions– Focus on slowing down the growth of the skin cycle and reducing inflammation.
- Light Therapy/Phototherapy– Controlled exposure of skin to UV light has been proven to improve the appearance of some forms of psoriasis.
- Oral Medications– These either help reduce inflammation, slow down the skin cell production, reduce itching, or suppress the immune system.
- Biologics– Typically reserved for more severe cases, these are designed to suppress the immune system and improve psoriasis’ signs and symptoms.
Psoriasis can be impacted by so many things, such as what you eat, your stress levels, and more. Those diagnosed must also make sure their skin is getting the proper hydration and watch what they put on it to avoid worsening their symptoms. At Alamo Heights Dermatology, our cosmetics consult can be just what you need to keep your psoriasis under wraps in addition to your regular therapies.
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