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Psoriasis Treatment

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that makes skin cells grow too rapidly, leading to thick red or white patches on the skin. Normal skin cells typically flake off about once a month, then new skin cells grow to replace what was lost. However, in the case of psoriasis, new skin cells build up too quickly, on a daily basis rather than monthly, causing those tell-tale patches, called plaques. You’ll often see them developing on lower backs, hands, feet, scalps, elbows and knees. Although adults are most often plagued by this condition, teens and kids can also suffer from it.

Psoriasis can range from mild, small areas of rash to severe with inflamed areas of the skin appearing raised and red featuring scaly skin. This condition can make joints become swollen, called psoriatic arthritis. Patches can even join together, covering large areas. You may notice your condition go away for a time, called remission, then flare back up again later. Psoriasis can be caused by an overreacting immune system, or it could be hereditary.

Although many people try to cover up their condition, especially in the summer, there are psoriasis treatment options to help ease this uncomfortable and potentially embarrassing situation. Home care may involve using creams or lotions, taking soothing baths and soaks, and exposing the skin to sunlight or UV light. Try aloe vera or other kinds of soothing creams. You may have to try a few creams before finding the right psoriasis treatment for you. Talk to your psoriasis specialist about a prescription cream that may work better than an OTC one. For psoriasis removal, apply cream to the crust, gently peel off the loose layer of crust, then work in the cream to the new skin underneath. Unsure about psoriasis removal? Talk to your doctor about techniques. Other tips for home care include avoiding skin injuries, infections such as strep, stress, medications such as beta blockers and lithium, overexposure to the sun, alcohol and smoking.

Although there is no cure for psoriasis, we’re here to help. Contact us for a consultation and to learn about possible treatment options, which range from topical treatments, phototherapy and oral medicines to occlusion therapy and prescription creams, such as vitamin D compounds, corticosteroids and retinoids.