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Understanding Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic condition that irritates the skin, causing red, scaly patches on the body. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that can affect any part of the body, and its symptoms can often be mistaken for eczema

At Pinnacle Dermatology, our team is highly qualified in diagnosing and providing individualized  treatment plans for psoriasis. We understand the discomfort that psoriasis causes, and we work closely with each patient to help alleviate the pain and inconvenience of psoriasis.

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What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is more than itchy, irritable flare-ups on the skin. Additionally, psoriasis is not contagious or an infection. Because psoriasis is an autoimmune condition, psoriasis occurs when the body attacks its own healthy skin cells. Psoriatic patches can range from minor cases of small spots to severe cases, with psoriasis covering large portions of the body. 

While psoriasis plaques can affect any part of the body, the most common areas include:

  • Face
  • Scalp
  • Palms of the hands
  • Feet
  • Knees

Psoriasis is not something to take lightly. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, “patients with psoriasis are also at risk for other systemic disease processes, including increased risk of arthritis and cardiovascular disease.”

Psoriasis Symptoms & Treatment Options

Each person who experiences psoriasis is unique. Psoriasis flare-ups can happen for many reasons, triggering from the weather, stress, medications, and more. 

While there are many triggers for psoriasis, the most common symptoms of psoriasis are:

  • Red, scaly patches of thick skin
  • Dry, cracked skin that itches and may bleed
  • Small, scaly patches of skin (also known as the guttate form)
  • Swollen or stiff joints
  • Burning or soreness

Unfortunately, there is no cure for psoriasis. Therefore, the goal of psoriasis treatment is to accurately diagnose the type of psoriasis you are suffering from and manage your symptoms.

Depending on the type and severity of the psoriasis symptoms, our Pinnacle Dermatology team may recommend any combination of the following treatment options: 

  • Phototherapy
  • Topical medications with active ingredients such as salicylic acid, corticosteroids, coal tar, or prescription retinoids
  • Oral medications
  • Systemic medications
  • Healthy lifestyle changes

If you are experiencing mild to severe psoriasis symptoms, it’s time to schedule a consultation with our Pinnacle Dermatology team. Together, we can find a proper psoriasis treatment plan that will lead to comfort and relief.

Contact Pinnacle Dermatology for Psoriasis Treatment

Despite there not being a cure for psoriasis, early diagnosis is key to alleviating the discomfort and pain that results from this skin condition. At Pinnacle Dermatology, we’re committed to helping you find a treatment plan that will leave you feeling confident and comfortable in your own skin.

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