While it seems like an external skin condition, psoriasis is essentially a chronic autoimmune disorder which results in redness and skin inflammation. The skin’s cells are mistaken to be pathogens, and they send out faulty signals which boost the growth cycle of the skin cells.
This disorder is a recurring, chronic condition that can vary in severity from localized patches that are negligible to complete body coverage. Toenails and fingernails are frequently impacted (referred to as psoriatic nail dystrophy) too. Almost 10-30% of those with psoriasis also have psoriatic arthritis (inflammation of the joints). This condition has also linked to an increased risk of stroke.
The experienced dermatologist team at Mohave Dermatology specializes in diagnosing and treating various skin conditions such including psoriasis. This helps our patients get relief from various disruptive symptoms like itching and pain. For a holistic approach and effective psoriasis treatments, call us on our listed number or use the online form to schedule and appointment.
What Causes Psoriasis?
The exact cause of this skin condition isn’t clear, but various things are believed to cause psoriasis, such as:
- Medical scientists and researchers know that your immune system and genetics have a significant role to play in your chances of developing psoriasis.
- This condition is non-contagious, but it is believed to contain a genetic component. There is a possibility of local psoriatic changes being triggered by injuries to the skin referred to as the Koebner phenomenon.
- Different types of environmental factors may aggravate the condition, such as withdrawal of systemic corticosteroid, and stress, but there isn’t sufficient statistical significance to this.
If you suffer from psoriasis, your skin cells begin to grow at an abnormal rate and start to buildup on your skin’s surface. In most cases, something triggers a psoriasis flare-up, causing painful, red, and scaly patches of skin.
Some common psoriasis triggers might include:
- Certain medications
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Vitamin D deficiency
Besides, if someone in your family has psoriasis, it increases your risk of developing this disease.
There are several different types of psoriasis, which is why there is no set treatment for it. Symptoms of this condition can range from mild to very severe with sore, itchy, and burning patches of skin. If the condition becomes painful or interferes with your day-to-day activities, its best seek treatment from the experienced team at Mohave Dermatology.
We will create a tailored treatment plan to help manage your specific symptoms and control the frequency and severity of flare-ups. Depending on the form of psoriasis you have and how severe your symptoms are, the treatment plan may include:
- Corticosteroid topical ointments and creams
- Diet & lifestyle modifications
- Salicylic acid applications
- Light therapy
- Systemic medications for the infection
Our team of experts is here to provide all the information you need about our services. You can also schedule an appointment with us, via this online form.