Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects up to 7.5 million Americans according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Though some people choose to live with the constant flare-ups and embarrassing skin lesions that appear in unexpected places, treatments can help. Find out how a dermatologist at Southeast Dermatology in Houston and Pasadena, TX can treat your case of psoriasis.
What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is the chronic appearance of red, flaky, itchy skin lesions on the skin. Because of the itching sensation, this condition often creates white flakes similar to dandruff. The symptoms can show up in various places on the body, including the arms, legs, scalp, and even the genital area. There are a number of different types of psoriasis, including plaque (most common), pustular (blisters and pus), and erythrodermic (large patches of red, inflamed skin).
Like many autoimmune disorders, there’s no definitive or singular cause of psoriasis. There are a number of potential triggers that vary across patients. Symptoms often start to show between the ages of 15 to 35. Psoriasis may be triggered by stress or an allergic reaction to some substances, like skin lotions. Certain medications may be the cause of psoriasis flare-ups. Patients who smoke or are obese are at a higher risk of developing this condition. Also, patients who have certain infections or are overexposed to UV rays from the sun may have flare-ups.
Treatment from Your Houston and Pasadena, TX Dermatologist
Many patients who have psoriasis are embarrassed by the symptoms and don’t know how to treat prevent or soothe flare-ups when they happen. They try to cover up the sores and wait it out instead. Here are some ways that your dermatologist may be able to successfully treat your case of psoriasis:
- Topical formulas that slow the growth of affected skin cells.
- Prescription medication (including oral prescriptions and biologics, an injectable drug).
- Light and phototherapy (laser therapy).
- An investigation into your diet, additional medications you may be taking, and other possible triggers like stress.
Get Help with Psoriasis
The team at Southeast Dermatology in Houston and Pasadena, TX can help you manage your case of psoriasis. Call (281) 991-5944 to schedule your appointment at the Pasadena, TX location or (281) 481-0033 to schedule your appointment at the Houston, TX location today!