What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic, immune-mediated autoimmune condition that causes diffuse inflammation in the body. It usually presents with pink to red patches with silvery scales commonly found on the scalp, elbows, and knees but can appear anywhere on the body. It affects about 3% of the adult population in the United States and tends to run in families. It is often confused with eczema which is why it is important to seek the diagnosis of a psoriasis specialist.
What triggers psoriasis?
What triggers psoriasis can vary from person to person. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation triggers include stress, injury to the skin, illness, weather, or even allergies. Smoking or consuming large amounts of alcohol have also been known to cause psoriasis triggers.
What can a psoriasis specialist in Ellicott City do for me?
Most patients with psoriasis seek treatment from a psoriasis specialist because there are very few over-the-counter treatments that work for psoriasis. For those with mild disease topical agents such as prescription creams and lotions are available to help with psoriasis. Newer biologic treatments for patients with moderate to severe psoriasis help patients achieve clear or almost clear skin. Patients no longer have to accept that their skin will never get better.
Is Psoriasis Curable?
Psoriasis is a chronic disease characterized by periods of flares and periods of remission. These cycles vary from person to person. Avoiding triggers helps manage the disease as well as living a healthy lifestyle.
When should I see a psoriasis specialist in Ellicott City?
It is time to see a psoriasis specialist when your current treatments are no longer effective. If your skin lesions persist or are getting worse, or you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in your joints, it is time to change your treatment regimen.
Danielle LeClair is a psoriasis specialist in Ellicott City. She is a board-certified nurse practitioner and has been providing the best dermatology care since 2006. If you have psoriasis or think you have psoriasis, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 410-870-8225 to schedule an appointment to discuss your personalized treatment options.