Psoriasis: What It Is & How to Treat It
Healthy skin can make us feel better about ourselves as we put our best face forward. After all, our skin is the first thing others will notice about us in any given social situation. Skin that is obviously irritated by acne, eczema, psoriasis or other conditions that can negatively affect our appearance can cause anxiety and lack of confidence. Below, we take a closer look at one such condition – psoriasis.
Psoriasis: What Is It?
Psoriasis is a condition where scales and patches that are often dry, flaky, red, silvery appear on the skin. Psoriasis can appear just about anywhere on the skin but is typically found on the lower back, knees, elbows, and scalp. In most cases, Psoriasis patches are small and affect adults under the age of about 35. They can also be itchy and sore on account of the drying of the skin of the affected area.
The severity of the effects or symptoms of Psoriasis can vary from one person to the other. The condition can affect men and women equally and is thought to result from an immune system that attacks healthy skin cells and there is a build up of skin cells resulting from the same. Still, the condition can be effectively treated although there is no cure.
How to Treat It?
Psoriasis is normally treated using topical treatments – primarily corticosteroids creams and ointments. These creams and ointments are usually used as directed by a physician or dermatologist, directly on the affected areas. In cases where Psoriasis is more severe, exposing the skin to special kinds of ultraviolet light is used as treatment. This process is known as Phototherapy. Finally, in extreme cases, injections or oral medications are used as treatment.
If you or a loved one you know suffer from mild to extreme cases of Psoriasis, then you have come to the right place. Our team of dermatologists at Universal Dermatology & Vein Care will be more than happy to assist you. Contact us for your Psoriasis treatment options today and let us set you on the path to having glowing, healthy skin.