What is Psoriasis?
By Robert C. Griffith, MD
August 02, 2018
Category: Dermatologist
Tags: Psoriasis  

Could this condition be the reason you’re experiencing patches of scaly skin?psoriasis

Did you know that psoriasis is the most common immune disorder in the US? According to the World Psoriasis Day Consortium, it’s estimated that 125 million people across the globe have psoriasis. Could this be you? If you are dealing with thick, scaly patches of skin it could be. Our Knoxville, TN, dermatologist Dr. Robert Griffith has the answers.

What is psoriasis?

This immune disorder often manifests on the skin, leading to thick scaly patches of skin that may crack or bleed. Normally, skin cell turnover occurs every 28 to 30 days, causing healthy new cells to move to the surface of the skin within a few days; however, in psoriasis, skin cell turnover occurs too rapidly causing old cells to build up and lead to scaly skin.

What causes psoriasis?

Unfortunately, medical experts don’t quite know what causes psoriasis; however, there are certain factors that can contribute to or trigger these symptoms such as:

  • Traumatic injury to the skin
  • Emotional stress
  • Certain infections
  • Cold weather
  • Certain medications

Be sure to talk to our Knoxville, TN, skin doctor about your triggers so we can help you create a treatment plan that will reduce your exposure to these elements and reduce your flare-ups.

What treatment options are out there to manage my psoriasis symptoms?

While there is currently no cure for psoriasis, there are many treatment options to help manage your psoriasis symptoms for the long term. The treatments recommended by your dermatologist in Knoxville, TN, will depend on the severity of your symptoms, as well as your overall health and age. The top three psoriasis treatments include topical treatments, light therapy (E.G. UVB phototherapy) and systemic medication (medication that you take orally). Those with severe symptoms may benefit from oral or injectable medications.

Of course, there are certain lifestyle modifications and at-home treatment options you can try. Certain lifestyle modifications include:

  • Reducing stress
  • Preventing injuries to the skin
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet
  • Avoiding triggers whenever possible

No matter whether you suspect that you might be dealing with psoriasis or you need to speak with our dermatologist in Knoxville, TN, about different psoriasis treatment options to meet your needs, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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