Helping You Deal With Your Psoriasis Symptoms
Find out if that red scaly skin could be the result of an immune disorder known as psoriasis.
Have you suddenly found patches of dry, irritated and peeling skin on your body? If so, you may not be thrilled to find out that it could be psoriasis; however, the positive news is that you are one step closer to getting the treatment and care you need. Let our Boise, ID, dermatologist Dr. Jennifer DeBlieck tell you more about this condition, its symptoms and the treatment options that will help you achieve clearer skin.
What is psoriasis?
Our immune system is designed to detect foreign invaders and to fight off infections. Unfortunately, sometimes these signals get jumbled up and our immune system starts fighting healthy cells. When this happens an autoimmune disorder forms. Psoriasis is an inflammatory autoimmune condition that causes the immune system to attack the skin, leading to the sudden buildup of cells on the surface of the skin.
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptom of psoriasis is the presence of thick, red scaly patches. These patches are often inflamed, usually dry and scaly, and can sometimes itch or be painful. These plaques can appear just about anywhere on the body but most commonly appear on the knees, elbows, scalp, and legs.
Most of the symptoms are cyclical, which means that you may experience flare-ups that last several weeks or even months, after which you may experience a bout of remission (in which you don’t experience any symptoms).
I have been diagnosed with psoriasis. Now what?
While there is no cure for psoriasis there are several ways to manage your condition to reduce the frequency and severity of your flare-ups. The most common treatment options include topical medications, systemic medications and light therapy.
Those dealing with mild-to-moderate psoriasis will often use a topical medication, which is applied directly to the skin. This medication is often used in conjunction with other medications or treatment options. Common topical medications include:
- Corticosteroid gels or creams
- Vitamin D solutions
- Retinoid creams
- Ointments that contain salicylic acid
Systemic medications are administered orally or through an injection. Our Boise, ID, skin doctor may prescribe systemic medications for severe or persistent bouts of psoriasis. These medications include,
- Biologics (which affect the immune system)
Light therapy, also known as phototherapy, uses natural or artificial UV light to reduce inflammation and scaling. Phototherapy can target a single plaque or more widespread flare-ups. In most cases, light therapy is usually combined with medications.
DeBlieck Dermatology in Boise, ID, is dedicated to providing a full range of dermatological services to patients of all ages. No matter whether you are fighting adult acne or are concerned that you might have psoriasis, don’t hesitate to call our office today to schedule an evaluation.