For many women and men, psoriasis and its associated symptoms can cause discomfort, pain, itching, and self-consciousness. And while psoriasis isn’t curable, there are a host of treatment options to alleviate a patient’s symptoms and improve her quality of life.
Continue reading to learn all about psoriasis, including its presentation, causes, types, and possible treatments.
What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that occurs when skin cells multiply at a much faster rate than normal. This causes dead skin cells to accumulate on the skin’s surface and form red patches known as plaques.
Psoriasis may also present with silvery scales, itching, and soreness.
Psoriasis symptoms can range from mild to severe and often manifest on the scalp, knees, and elbows. However, it is possible for plaques and scales to develop on other parts of the body, including the lower legs, torso, palms, and soles of the feet.
What Are the Different Types of Psoriasis?
Women and men may be affected by different types of psoriasis, including plaque psoriasis, nail psoriasis, and scalp psoriasis. Psoriasis that is precipitated by a bacterial infection is known as guttate psoriasis.
What Causes Psoriasis?
Researchers believe that psoriasis is caused by an overactive immune system. Symptoms are often cyclical and can be triggered by a number of factors, such as:
- Skin injuries – Cuts, scrapes, bug bites, and sunburns
- Skin and bacterial infections
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- Vitamin D deficiency
Treatment Options for Patients with Psoriasis
At your initial consultation, Dr. Yousefi will ask you pertinent questions about your medical history, carefully evaluate your psoriasis symptoms, and examine your skin in order to formulate a customized and comprehensive plan of action.
Treatment options may include lifestyle modifications, topical medications, oral medications, injectable medications, and light-based therapy.
If you would like to learn more about psoriasis symptoms, treatment, and management, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Marjan Yousefi.