Psoriasis Symptoms and Causes

Psoriasis causes and treatments

Psoriasis is red, itchy scaly breakouts on your skin, most commonly located on the knees, elbows, trunk and scalp.

Incidence: Common
○ More than 3 million US cases per year
○ Treatment can help, but this condition can't be cured
○ Requires a medical diagnosis
○ Lab tests may be required, especially for drug monitoring
○ Chronic: usually lifelong

When it comes to psoriasis, a lot is going on under your skin causing what you see on the surface. Plaque psoriasis is an inflammatory disease that is active internally but shows up externally. It is hard to predict just where plaque psoriasis will appear on your skin. Unfortunately, plaque psoriasis is a chronic disease, which means it’s a disease that usually lasts a lifetime but can come and go and is sometimes clear for extended periods before relapsing.

Untreated, psoriasis can lead to plaques that will continue to thicken and potentially spread. These can be quite uncomfortable at times; the itching can be severe. Uncontrolled plaques can become infected. You may also develop painful changes in your nails, possibly leading to the loss of your nails. If you are diagnosed with arthritis along with your psoriasis (psoriatic arthritis), you may experience stiffness, swelling and joint or back pain. Fortunately, there are excellent oral or injectible treatments for this which can help both the skin and the joints. If you don’t keep up with treatment however, the ongoing inflammation can lead to permanent joint damage which can be painful and disabling.

Causes of psoriasis: Psoriasis is thought to be an immune system problem. Triggers include infections, stress, and cold. The most common symptom is a rash on the skin, but sometimes the rash involves the nails or joints. Treatment aims to remove scales and stop skin cells from growing so quickly. Topical ointments, light therapy, and medications can offer relief.

What does psoriasis look like?

Psoriasis requires a medical diagnosis: The most common symptom is a rash on the skin, but sometimes the condition involves the nails and joints. People suffering from Psoriasis can experience pain or stiffness in their joints or back. Skin will show redness, dryness, fissures, flakiness, peeling or thickness. Patients with psoriasis are well known to be at risk for certain other conditions-so called co-morbidities. These include high blood pressure, heart attacks, stroke, depression, lymphoma and depression.

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Psoriasis Treatments:

Self-care treatment for psoriasis: Stress management, Sunlight, Moisturizer, Urea, and Coal tar extract

Clinical Treatment for Molluscum Contagiosum:

Treatment aims to stop the scaling, reduce the redness and stop the itching. Topical creams and ointments, ultraviolet light therapy, and either oral or injectible medications can offer relief of joint pain and the possibility of completely clear skin. Medication options include topical steroids, Vitamin D derivatives, topical vitamin A derivatives and anti-inflammatory biologic medications.

Our dermatologists are engaged in research efforts to find better treatments for Psoriasis and participated in the clinical trials that have brought most of the recent drugs to the market.
If you are ready to manage your Psoriasis with safe and effective treatment options, the dermatologists at Dermatology Associates of Seattle are renowned for their beneficial treatments and positive results for this persistent skin disease. [ Learn more about phototherapy }

IF YOU REQUIRE SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT, A CLINICAL APPOINTMENT IS RECOMMENDED

Our dermatologists are engaged in research efforts to find the cause and cure of Psoriasis. If you are ready to manage your Psoriasis with effective, and healthy treatment options, the dermatologists at Dermatology Associates of Seattle are renowned for their efficient treatments with positive results against this persistent skin disease.