Approximately 7.5 million Americans suffer from the chronic skin condition known as psoriasis. If you’re among this population, the team of expert dermatologists at McGuiness Dermatology & Plastic Surgery can offer effective management of the unsightly and uncomfortable scaly patches associated with psoriasis. Call one of the locations in Plano, Flower Mound, Prosper, or Murphy, Texas, or book an appointment online to learn more about psoriasis diagnosis and management today.
People with psoriasis have patches of skin that are reddened and topped with white, flaky scales. You most likely experience psoriasis on your knees, torso, and elbows, but it can appear anyway on your body.
In mild psoriasis, just 3% of your body is affected. Moderate psoriasis involves 3-10% of your body, and severe psoriasis covers more than 10%.
Psoriasis occurs when your skin produces new skin cells at an accelerated rate. Usually, your skin produces new cells and sheds old ones about every 28-30 days. With psoriasis, your immune system goes haywire and makes the process take just three to four days.
Your body cannot get rid of the old skin cells at this rate, so while your body creates new cells, the old ones pile on top forming the plaques that are characteristic of psoriasis.
The exact reason why your immune system causes skin cells to be produced at a faster rate is not known.
Psoriasis symptoms can vary from person to person. They may include:
If you experience any of these symptoms, contact the team at McGuiness Dermatology & Plastic Surgery for evaluation.
Psoriasis is a chronic, lifelong condition that cannot be cured. The symptoms can be managed, however. Controlled sun exposure and bathing in special salts are easy treatments that are safe and natural.
At McGuiness Dermatology & Plastic Surgery, the doctors may offer prescription creams to treat plaques and ease any itching or redness. Specialized light therapy may also help. In severe cases, injectable and oral medications offer relief but do have side effects so they require regular in-office monitoring and blood work. Each area affected by psoriasis may require a different treatment, depending on the sensitivity of the skin.
For more information about psoriasis treatment, call one of the locations of McGuiness Dermatology & Plastic Surgery or book an appointment online.