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What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that results in scaly, itchy patches on the skin. It can occur periodically in flareups before going away. The underlying causes of psoriasis aren’t fully understood, but it’s thought to be caused by an immune system malfunction resulting in rapid cell turnover and pileup.

There are many different kinds of psoriasis, and it can impact skin all over the body, most commonly in areas like the scalp, back, neck, feet, hands, elbows, and knees. Psoriasis is not contagious, and you can’t get it from someone else.

There are known triggers of psoriasis that can cause flareups. These include:

  • A cold, dry environment
  • Cuts and scrapes
  • Stress
  • Infection
  • Medications
  • Smoking and alcohol

What Are the Symptoms of Psoriasis?

Psoriasis can occur differently for everyone, especially depending on the type.

Most times, the symptoms include:

  • Thick, whitish scales
  • Itchiness
  • Dry, cracked skin
  • Red patches
  • Soreness and sensitivity
  • Stiff joints
  • Swelling
  • Pitted, thick or ridged nails

What Are My Treatment Options?

Psoriasis does not have a cure, but your dermatologist can help you manage it with a life-long approach. The goal of psoriasis treatment is to reduce the frequency and severity of flareups, as well as extend the time between flareups. Your dermatologist can prescribe medications to help ease symptoms and discomfort so you reduce the urge to itch (which can worsen the skin). It’s also important to determine and avoid your specific triggers to reduce flareups.

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How Do I Take Care of My Skin With Psoriasis?

The best way to avoid psoriasis flareups is by avoiding your specific triggers. Damaging your skin with sun exposure or cuts and scrapes can cause flareups, so take steps to protect it. It’s also important to avoid itching, which can worsen the area. Your dermatologist can recommend moisturizers to keep your skin healthy and ease itching and dryness. Psoriasis is a life-long condition, so your dermatologist is the best person to help you learn how to manage it and prevent flareups.

Schedule an Appointment

Psoriasis can be managed with the right approach. To meet with our board-certified dermatologist and learn more about your options, we invite you to contact our Mesa office by calling or filling out our online form.

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