Psoriasis is a skin condition that can not only drive you to distraction with itchiness but make you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your skin. The experienced team at A to Z Dermatology can help reduce the itching and improve the appearance of your skin using the latest cutting-edge therapies like biologics and excimer lightbox therapy. Call one of their offices in Mesa, Gold Canyon, Chandler, Sun City, or Casa Grande, Arizona, or request an appointment online today to find out more.
Psoriasis is a skin disorder in which your body produces new skin cells at a far more rapid rate than normal. Rather than taking weeks to make new skin cells, your body produces them in days.
As a result, the excess cells start to build up on the surface of your skin, causing thick, scaly patches to appear. These patches are called plaques, and plaque psoriasis is the most common form of the disease. You might notice other symptoms, too, like a stinging or burning sensation on your skin. Your skin might also feel painful or tight.
There are other forms of psoriasis, and all of them are lifelong conditions, apart from a childhood form called guttate psoriasis.
Psoriasis plaques can show up anywhere on your skin. However, you’re most likely to get plaques on your:
Plaques come in various sizes. They can form single small patches or come together to make one large mass. Plaques are almost always very itchy. If you don’t get treatment for your psoriasis, the itchy skin can become unbearable.
It’s not known for sure what causes psoriasis. It is known that it tends to run in families, so it’s likely there’s a genetic link.
Research also indicates that psoriasis is likely to be related to a problem with your immune system, which can also cause problems like eczema.
You can do a lot to help yourself when you have psoriasis. For instance, it’s common to have triggers that make your condition worse, like stress. Avoiding triggers like these can help you manage your psoriasis more successfully.
The team at A to Z Dermatology offers various psoriasis treatments aimed at stopping your skin cells from growing so quickly, removing scales, and smoothing your skin. The three main types of treatments for psoriasis include topical medicines you apply to your skin, medicines you take orally, and light therapy. You may need a combination of two or more treatments.
To find out more about treatments for psoriasis, call A to Z Dermatology or request an appointment online today.