Psoriasis Treatment in Southampton, PA
Psoriasis is an ‘autoimmune’ condition in which the immune system causes the epidermis (outermost layer of skin) to grow much faster than normal. In healthy skin, the cells within the epidermis are usually produced at a rate which is roughly equal to the rate in which they’re shed. In psoriasis-affected skin, the cells are produced so rapidly that they ‘build up’ in thick layers. Also, because they’re produced so fast, they don’t have time to mature like normal skin. As a result, psoriasis-affected skin doesn’t have the same strength and resilience as healthy skin, so it tends to flake, itch, burn, etc.
There is still no known ‘cause’ for the overactive immune response which occurs with psoriasis. Patients often report that others in the family have psoriasis, so genetics does seem to be a factor. Unlike most genetic conditions, though, psoriasis usually doesn’t express itself until we’re adults. Some patients with psoriasis may also experience inflammation internally, within their joints, which is known as psoriatic arthritis.
If you suffer from psoriasis, there are a number of general recommendations you should consider:
Do your best to avoid picking and scratching the psoriasis-affected areas.
It is well known that psoriasis tends to worsen with repeated scratching. Even excessive scrubbing in the bath or shower can cause it to flare.
Try to avoid excessive fat intake, lack of exercise, poor sleeping habits, stress, and especially smoking and drinking.
Eliminating these to the best of your ability can make the difference between having a mild, easily-controlled case as opposed to having which is more severe and difficult to treat.
Always follow the instructions provided with any prescribed medications.
Topical steroids, for example, can cause ‘thinning of the skin’ if used excessively. If used too infrequently, though, they may not provide adequate results. The key is to find a ‘happy medium’ in which you’re able to control the inflammation, but not overuse the medication in a way that causes harmful side effects.
There is naturally-occurring yeast on everyone’s skin which is known to aggravate psoriasis – especially on the ‘oil-prone’ areas such as the face, scalp, and ears.
Ironically, many patients see the dry flaking on their scalp and mistakenly believe they’re shampooing too often. In fact, shampooing typically helps the scaling because it removes the skin oils which in turn create a good environment for the yeast. Many prescription and over-the-counter ‘dandruff’ shampoos actually work by killing yeast, so they can also be helpful for those with psoriasis.
Every now and then it’s discovered that a patient’s psoriasis has been triggered by some other health condition or underlying source of inflammation.
For example, a patient with a chronically infected tooth might notice that their psoriasis greatly improves after their dental abscess has been treated. The point is that it’s wise to consider your overall state of health when looking to improve your psoriasis. If you have another health issue which has yet to be adequately managed, you should address this with your primary care doctor as it just might help your Psoriasis.
If you find that you’re still struggling to control your psoriasis after using topical medications and adhering to these recommendations, rest assured that there are other options available. You’ve likely seen commercials on TV for so-called ‘biologics’ as well as other treatments. These other treatments generally do work better than topical medications alone, but they should be prescribed only after considering each person’s unique needs and circumstances. Please talk to your dermatologist about your situation, including how you’ve responded to past treatments, and together you can formulate a treatment plan which is right for you.
Treatment with biologic therapy produces impressive results in many patients.
Patient improvement with phototherapy allows clearance without systemic medications or side effects, but with more frequent treatments than biologics.
If your skin is affected by psoriasis, Pennsylvania Dermatology Specialists offers modern therapies in a clean and cutting edge Psoriasis Treatment Facility. Call or schedule today and start living with clearer, more comfortable, skin!
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The Best Psoriasis Care in Southampton PAIf you suffer from psoriasis, then you deserve expert care. All of your plans may be ruined due to a psoriasis flare-up. When that happens, you need to make sure that you seek expert psoriasis care. That should bring you to us. At Penn Dermatology Specialists, we offer special psoriasis treatment designed to alleviate your suffering and return your skin to its normal color and complexion. Here’s what you need to know about our psoriasis care in Southampton PA.
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With so many different skin conditions resulting in a red, rash-like, pattern, it can be difficult to know if you have psoriasis or another kind of infection. Some symptoms of psoriasis are:
- Red patches
- Scaly spots
- Dry skin
- Itchy or burning skin
- Rigged nails
- Stiff joints
Any of these psoriasis symptoms may be on their own or you may suffer from all of them. You may also only have psoriasis symptoms in one area of your body. Regardless of how severe your psoriasis symptoms are, you deserve the best psoriasis treatment in Bucks County and Southampton PA.
While sometimes psoriasis will clear up on its own, there are other situations in which it can become painful or even spread. When that happens, you need the best psoriasis treatment you can get for quick relief. Our doctors can help. We have several treatment options for psoriasis in Southampton PA. We want to make sure that you’re not just comfortable in your skin, but that it also looks how you want it to.