We can help you treat and manage your psoriasis. Below are descriptions of the different types of psoriasis.
Psoriasis is a skin condition but it is in fact a systemic disease resulting from a malfunction of the immune system. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, 7.5 million people suffer from the disorder Psoriasis is a common skin condition that comes in several common types:
Plaque psoriasis consists of raised lesions covered with a variable amount of silvery scales most commonly seen on the elbows, knees, scalp, and trunk.
Guttate psoriasis is small circular lesions that come on suddenly and are seen after infections. This type of psoriasis attacks children more than adults. This type of psoriasis is not always chronic. inverse, pustular, scalp, erythrodermic, and psoriatic inflammatory arthritis.
Inverse psoriasis is when the scaly plaques develop in skin fold areas like the axillae, groin and buttock creases and the folds under the breasts. It develops from the heat and moisture generated from skin to skin friction.
Erythrodermic psoriasis often comes from stress to the body like an infection or fever. This condition has bright red legions, over larger areas. Finger nail color changes and can even be lost with Erythrodermic psoriasis. There are special psoriasis treatments for this condition.
Triggers to psoriasis leading to psoriasis treatment
Psoriasis is controllable, but not curable. Many things can trigger the onset and continuation of psoriasis:
1. Bacterial and viral infections
2. Stress: emotional or frictional on the skin surface inducing new areas of psoriasis to breakout.
3. Medications: beta-blockers, lithium, antimalarial medications, prednisone and other oral steroids
4. Injury to the skin: intentional such as with surgery, or unintentional such as a cut or scrape
5. Dry skin: may lead to scratching of the skin
6. Too little sunlight and even too much sunlight causing a sunburn
7. Alcohol can affect psoriasis.
8. Nicotine: smoking and smokeless tobacco products
9. Patients with weakened immune systems (AIDS, cancer chemotherapy patients, and patients with autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis) may have more severe bouts of psoriasis.
There are three options for treating psoriasis:
Moisturizers, topical steroids, and “peeling” agents (salicylic or lactic acids, and dandruff shampoos.) The effectiveness of this psoriasis treatment depends on the individual reaction.
“Biological” injectable medicines are being to treat psoriasis. These require a consultation with a dermatologist. They include : adalimumab, etanercept, infliximab, ustekinumab and ustekinumab. These drug treatments are also known by their trademarked names. Consult with Dr. Norman Levan to see if this type of psoriasis treatment is right for you.
This is careful exposure and precise exposure of your skin to ultraviolet light. But UVA and UVB treatments are used. It is a painless procedure and must be used in combination with oral and topical treatments. This type of psoriasis treatment is call PUVA treatment and is usually done in the office of a dermatologist.
Psoriasis treatment vary widely from simply using over the counter remedies to photo therapy under the care of dermatologist. Find out how to treat your psoriasis.
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