Understanding and Treating Psoriasis

What Causes Psoriasis?

Caused by an abnormality in the immune system, Psoriasis is a non-contagious skin condition that results in the increased production of new skin cells. Unable to shed the old skin cells quickly enough, the patient’s skin accumulates these dead cells on the surface, leading to characteristic symptoms.

Types of Psoriasis

Psoriasis presents itself in various types, each with unique characteristics:

Plaque Psoriasis: The most common form of the disease. It appears as red and pink patches with a silvery scale. Common areas include the scalp, elbows, knees, hands, and feet but can appear anywhere on the skin and can even affect the nails.
Guttate Psoriasis: Often diagnosed in children, though it can also affect adults. Guttate psoriasis frequently follows a cold or flu-like illness, such as strep throat, and appears as small, drop-shaped lesions.
Pustular Psoriasis: Characterized by blistered, pus-filled lesions surrounded by reddened skin. While it can appear anywhere on the body, the hands and feet are commonly affected.
Inverse Psoriasis: Occurs in areas where the skin folds, such as the armpits and groin, appearing as smooth, inflamed red patches.

Psoriasis Prevalence and Impact

Psoriasis affects approximately 4.5 million Americans annually and is slightly more common in women. This chronic condition can significantly impact the quality of life, causing physical discomfort and emotional distress.

Professional Care at The Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center of Wilmington, NC

At The Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center of Wilmington, we offer a variety of treatment options to help you navigate and manage psoriasis effectively. Our team of skilled dermatologists will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific type of psoriasis and severity.

Commitment to Your Skin Health

Our comprehensive approach includes both medical and lifestyle interventions to reduce symptoms and improve your skin health. Treatments may include topical therapies, phototherapy, systemic medications, and biologics. Your healthy skin is our priority, and we are dedicated to providing you with the highest standard of care to achieve the best possible outcomes. Schedule an appointment to start your journey toward better skin health and improved quality of life.

What are the Symptoms of Psoriasis?

  • Red, inflamed skin.
  • Silvery-white scales.
  • Itching or burning sensation.
  • Dry, cracked skin.
  • Thickened or pitted nails.
  • Joint pain and swelling in some cases.

What Causes Psoriasis?

  • Genetic factors: Psoriasis often runs in families, suggesting a genetic predisposition to the condition.
  • Immune system dysfunction: Abnormalities in the immune system can lead to an overactive response, triggering rapid skin cell growth.
  • Other health conditions: Psoriasis is associated with an increased risk of other health issues such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and certain autoimmune disorders.

How to Prevent Psoriasis

To prevent psoriasis, consulting with one of our dermatologists is crucial for personalized guidance. Dermatologists can help identify triggers, recommend suitable skincare routines, and provide insights into lifestyle adjustments that may minimize the risk of flare-ups. You healthy skin is our top priority. 

Psoriasis FAQs

Psoriasis is a chronic condition, meaning it doesn't have a cure. However, it can be managed effectively with treatments and lifestyle adjustments. Many people with psoriasis lead healthy, fulfilling lives by finding the right approach to control flare-ups.

Weather can impact psoriasis, with some people experiencing flare-ups in certain conditions. Cold, dry weather can be harsh on the skin. Moisturizing regularly and adapting your skincare routine based on the weather can help minimize discomfort.

While it's generally possible, it's essential to take extra precautions. Psoriasis can affect how your skin reacts to tattoos, and flare-ups can complicate the healing process. Consulting with your dermatologist before getting a tattoo or piercing is advisable.

Stress is known to trigger or worsen psoriasis flare-ups. Finding effective stress management techniques, such as exercise, meditation, or hobbies, can be beneficial. Discussing stress management strategies with your healthcare team, including your dermatologist, can contribute to better psoriasis control.

No, psoriasis is not contagious. You can't "catch" it from someone else, and it's not something you can spread to others through contact. It's an immune system-related condition, not an infection.

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Psoriasis Treatments

For patients with mild psoriasis, topical steroids are often prescribed. Other treatments that may be considered by your dermatology provider include but are not limited to:
  • Oral and injectable medications that affect the immune system to control the psoriasis.
  • Tight therapy treatment.
  • Laser treatment and more.
For more severe cases, systemic treatments like oral medications or biologics may be recommended to target the underlying immune response.

Our dermatologists tailor treatment plans to individual needs, emphasizing a balance between managing symptoms and minimizing potential side effects. Regular monitoring and follow-ups with our team of skin experts are crucial for effective psoriasis management and to develop a health skin routine for years to come.