Psoriasis is a non-contagious, chronic disease that develops when the immune system triggers skin cells to mature too quickly. It affects approximately one to two percent of the United States population. Typically the body forms new skin cells over the course of weeks and sheds the old. In the case of psoriasis, the new cells form in days and the old skin doesn’t peel away as normal. The cells begin to pile up on the surface. There are five types of psoriasis that can develop: plaque (the most common), guttate, inverse, pustular, and erythrodermic. A person can have multiple forms of psoriasis or the type they do have can change over time. At Aesthetic Specialty Centre near Atlanta, Georgia, we offer a variety of treatments for psoriasis.
A dermatologist will diagnose psoriasis by examining a patient’s skin, scalp, and nails. She may also ask about any family history of psoriasis and perform a biopsy. After confirmation, treatment can be used to alleviate symptoms.
There is no cure for psoriasis, but symptoms of psoriasis can be reduced, making patients more comfortable about their appearance. In some cases the skin can be cleared up completely with continued treatment. The dermatologist will need to determine what type of psoriasis it is, the severity of the disease, the location of the affected skin, and also take into consideration the patient’s overall health before deciding on the best treatment plan.
There are three categories of treatment for psoriasis:
- Topical – Topical treatments are creams applied to the skin for mild to moderate psoriasis.
- Phototherapy – During phototherapy, a spectrum of light is applied to the skin. The severity of the psoriasis will determine the number and frequency of treatment sessions needed.
- Systemic – Systemic treatments are taken orally through pills or by injection. Mild to severe psoriasis can be treated this way, depending on the areas affected and the impact on one’s quality of life. Other treatment options may be used in conjunction with, or in a rotation of, systemic techniques to maximize the effectiveness.
With the right treatment options available, many patients can experience clear skin. Individuals seeking a remedy for the visible signs of psoriasis should contact Aesthetic Specialty Centre Plastic Surgery & Dermatology today. ASC has locations in Roswell (770-393-9000) and Greensboro (706-467-6500).