Psoriasis is a condition that affects more than 7 million people in the United States. This condition causes the body to make new skin cells in days rather than weeks. As these cells pile up on the surface of the skin, you may see thick, scaly patches.
Dr. Alissa Lamoureux, DO, FAOCD, FAAD, at Skin Dermatology in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, can help you to gain control of your psoriasis with a skin care routine, medication and tips for finding and avoiding triggers. Contact Dr. Lamoureux today or book an appointment online to gain control of your Psoriasis.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a dermatological condition that causes the build-up of skin cells on the skin. Instead of shedding the skin normally, it forms patches that may become thick, inflamed, and painful. Psoriasis is a chronic condition, but symptoms and ‘flare-ups’ may come and go. Most patients require medications to remove psoriasis plaques and also prevent their formation.
Many psoriasis treatments are applied topically, such as corticosteroids, synthetic vitamin D, anthralin and topical retinoids. Others – especially those given for severe psoriasis – are administered orally and by injection. Psoriasis patients need the reliability of a trusted pharmacy to ensure that medications are always available.
When is the Right Time to Talk to Dr. Lamoureux About My Psoriasis?
Most people who get psoriasis have it for life. That’s true no matter what type of psoriasis you have, with one exception. Some children who have guttate psoriasis see their psoriasis go away. Because psoriasis tends to be a life-long disease, it helps to learn about it and see Dr. Lamoureux at Skin Dermatology.
A bit of knowledge and help from our board-certified dermatologist can give you some control over the psoriasis. By gaining control, you can see clearer (or clear) skin. Gaining control can also help you to feel better, improve your overall health, and prevent the psoriasis from worsening.
How Do You Treat Psoriasis?
At Skin Dermatology, Dr. Lamoureux employs many treatments for psoriasis. Some treatments slow the production of new skin cells while others relieve itching and dry skin. Inflammation in the skin is an important part of psoriasis and many treatments reduce inflammation. Dr. Lamoureux will select a treatment plan depending on the seriousness of the rash, where it is on your body, your age, health and other factors.