Psoriasis is a chronic disease that is caused by having an overactive immune system and the result of the skin production process moving too quickly. This sped-up process results in inflamed, itchy skin that may be red or scaly in appearance. Psoriasis appears in patches in areas of the skin that are already more difficult to keep moisturized such as your elbows, knees, and scalp. These patches of inflamed, dry skin can last for days or weeks at a time.
Symptoms and signs of psoriasis include:
At this time, there is no cure for psoriasis, but symptoms can be managed through a variety of treatment options. These treatments are intended to reduce inflammation, prevent psoriasis flare-ups, and slow the growth of your skin cells. Your treatment plan can fall into one or more of three categories: topical treatments, light therapy, or prescribed medications.
The most common psoriasis treatments are:
Treatments may come with potential side effects. Here at Anchorage Dermatology & Cosmetics, we are dedicated to finding the best treatment plan for you and your lifestyle. While there is no cure for psoriasis, these treatments are ultimately intended to minimize the effects of psoriasis on your skin and life. For more information on psoriasis or to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us today at (907) 865-8455.