Psoriasis is a chronic, but not contagious skin condition, and at this time, it does not have a known cure. However, it can be controlled with proper treatment.
Psoriasis is characterized by a red, scaly buildup of skin cells. This happens due to abnormal pathways in the immune system. Signals are sent to the skin, causing a rapid proliferation of abnormal cells, resulting in the buildup of thick, silver-scaled plaques.
There are many types of psoriasis, including:
- Plaque psoriasis
The most common diagnosis is plaque psoriasis, while erythrodermic is the rarest. However, if erythrodermic psoriasis is present, it must be treated immediately as it can be life threatening.
Psoriasis can show up on any part of the body, but it is most commonly seen in areas such as the scalp, face, feet, elbows, knees, hands, nails, and genital areas. However, it may occur anywhere.
Treatment for psoriasis varies depending on the type and severity. In the more common types, such as plaque psoriasis, patients may benefit from topical therapies, injections, oral medications, or light therapy (including UVA and Narrowband UVB phototherapy as well as XTRAC laser treatments). An experienced dermatologist can work with patients on achieving a proper diagnosis of their condition and determining an effective solution based on its severity.
The team at the Center For Dermatology Cosmetic And Laser Surgery is proud to offer a complete complement of psoriatic skin therapy in our state-of-the-art psoriasis treatment center.
We provide medical, surgical, laser and cosmetic dermatology procedures for new and existing patients. Our team is dedicated to helping patients improve their appearance and address troublesome conditions, and works hard to ensure individuals feel more confident and happy in their own skin.