Psoriasis Treatment Bend, OR

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a skin condition that exhibits as red papules that form plaques of thick, silvery scales on the skin.  Normally, skin grows at a gradual rate, usually shedding off old skin cells every 4 weeks.  But due to abnormal lymphocytes present in those afflicted by psoriasis, this process happens at an excessively rapid rate resulting in thick patches with dry flakes.  This condition is not contagious and usually affects the skin in the elbows, scalp hands, lower back and knees.

Doctors consider psoriasis as a chronic skin condition that is incurable.  It is very common in adults, but children can have it too.  Patients who have a mild case of psoriasis are often not aware that they suffer from this condition because it only appears as very faint dry patches.  On the other end of the spectrum, patients with severe psoriasis have red, thick scaly skin covering their entire body.

What causes psoriasis?

Experts say that the exact cause of psoriasis is still unknown.  But it is believed that this could be caused by a problem in the immune system because of the rapid cell turn-over, some sort of overreaction that causes the skin to be inflamed and flaky.  Some say that this could also be a combination of other factors both genetic and environmental.  Your chances of getting psoriasis are high if any of your family members has the same condition.

Patients with psoriasis notice that their conditions reappear or worsen during winter or when the climate is cold and dry.  Also, the symptoms tend to flare up when patients are under stress, have infections, have dry skin, or are taking certain medications.

How is psoriasis treated?

Unfortunately, there is no cure yet for psoriasis but many effective treatments have been found that effectively manage the symptoms.  Since the symptoms of psoriasis can be similar to other skin conditions, it is very important to have a consultation first with a specialist to determine exactly what condition you have, how severe it is and what would be the best treatment suited for you.

For mild cases of psoriasis, doctors would normally recommend you treat it using topical creams, lotions, medicated sprays, and localized steroid injections.

For more severe cases, you may require ultraviolet light treatments and systemic medications. Psoriatic arthritis, on the other hand, requires systemic medications to stop the progression of permanent damage to the joints.

All these forms of treatments are aimed towards slowing down the growth of the cells that causes psoriasis and manage the symptoms.