If you’re among the 7.5 million Americans with psoriasis, it’s important to find a dermatology specialist who understands the condition and how to control it. At The Dermatology Center of Worcester, the team of experienced medical and cosmetic dermatology professionals offers psoriasis diagnosis and treatment in a comfortable environment so you can leave the discomfort and embarrassment behind. Call the office or click the online scheduling feature to make your appointment now.
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Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease, which means that your body’s immune system starts overacting and causing problems. If you have psoriasis, immune cells become active and produce molecules that set off the rapid production of skin cells. This is why skin in people with the disease is inflamed and scaly. Scientists do not fully understand what triggers the faulty immune cell activation, but they know that it involves a combination of genetics and environmental factors. Many people with psoriasis have a family history of the disease, and researchers have pinpointed some of the genes that may contribute to its development. Nearly all of them play a role in the function of the immune system.
The symptoms of psoriasis vary with the disease type.
There are also other types of psoriasis, including a type that affects the nails. Up to 30% of people with psoriasis experience psoriatic arthritis, in which you have joint swelling and pain.
Psoriasis treatment depends on your type of psoriasis, its symptoms, and the severity of the disease.
Topical products, such as corticosteroids, calcitriol (synthetic vitamin D), retinoids (synthetic vitamin A), and coal tar, are often effective in calming psoriasis flare-ups.
If you have moderate-to-severe psoriasis, light therapy might help slow down extra skin cell production.
People with severe psoriasis might need oral or injected medications to reduce skin cell production, minimize inflammation, alter immune system function, or suppress immune system function.
Quality skin care, including moisturizers, may also help with psoriasis. The Dermatology Center of Worcester team can help you find the right psoriasis treatment plan to effectively manage the condition for the rest of your life.
For psoriasis help, click the online scheduling link or call The Dermatology Center of Worcester today.
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