Posts for: February, 2016
Find relief from your psoriasis.
If you have red scaly patches on your elbows, knees or scalp, there is a chance you could have psoriasis. Psoriasis is a genetic dysregulation of the immune system disease. Certain triggers cause the condition to flare up, and make skin cells grow abnormally fast, which causes the psoriasis patches. Along with the unsightly look of psoriasis, it can also be itchy, or sting and burn. Now, there is relief from psoriasis; you need to call your dermatologists at North County Dermatology Center in Encinitas, California.
There are five different types of psoriasis each with their own characteristics, but your treatment will depend on how much of your body is affected. For example:
Mild psoriasis means less than 3% of your body is affected. Treatment usually includes either over-the-counter or prescription moisturizing creams, bath solutions and shampoos. Your dermatologists at North County Dermatology may prescribe topical steroid medications and other treatments to slow skin cell growth. In addition, light therapy has also been shown to be effective. Sunshine can help, and your dermatologists can also use laser therapy to reduce or eliminate psoriasis patches.
Moderate psoriasis means between 3% and 10% of your body is affected, and severe psoriasis means over 10% of your body is affected. If you have moderate to severe psoriasis, typically, over-the-counter treatments aren’t enough. Your dermatologists at North County Dermatology treat more advanced psoriasis with:
- Prescription oral medications including cyclosporine and methotrexate to decrease skin cell production and reduce inflammation
- Biologic drugs which are used to suppress the immune system are only used on the most severe cases of psoriasis
- Light therapy with natural sunlight or phototherapy with UVB rays to reduce or eliminate psoriasis lesions
If you think you might have psoriasis, don’t suffer when help is just a phone call away. Stop in and visit your dermatologists at North County Dermatology Center in Encinitas, California. Call today and find relief from your psoriasis.