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Psoriasis The Woodlands

What is Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a common chronic skin disease that develops when a person’s immune system sends faulty signals that tell skin cells to grow too quickly. The body has difficulty shedding these excess skin cells, and they pile up on the surface of the skin, causing patches of psoriasis to appear. It can cause red, thick scaly patches on the elbows, knees, trunk, scalp and buttocks, although can occur anywhere on the skin. The rash of psoriasis goes through cycles of improving and worsening. Psoriasis comes in many forms, and each differs in severity, duration, location, shape and pattern. The most common form is called plaque psoriasis.

People who get psoriasis usually have one or more people in their family who have psoriasis. Most people get psoriasis between the ages of 15 and 30 years, however it may develop anytime. Triggers of psoriasis include a stressful event, strep throat, certain medications, cold weather, and trauma to the skin.

Psoriasis Treatment

Treatment of psoriasis can improve a person’s quality of life and some people may see their skin completely clear of psoriasis. Although there is currently no cure for psoriasis, there are multiple treatments available. Your dermatologist may prescribe topical steroids, synthetic vitamin D analogues, retinoids, tar or anthralin. Other treatments include light treatment, excimer laser, oral medications, injectable medications (biologics) and other systemic medications.

Psoriasis can have a significant impact on a patient’s self-esteem. Treatment can help greatly with some of the social effects of psoriasis.

Further, psoriasis has most recently been recognized as a systemic (whole body) disease relating to inflammation. Psoriasis patients have a higher risk than the general population of developing the metabolic syndrome (obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol) and heart disease. Psoriasis patients should be enrolled in a smoking cessation program, as smoking makes the psoriasis worse.

There are many effective treatment options for psoriasis. Please call 936-760-3373 to make an appointment with Dr. Anita Arora Gill at Gill Dermatology to see what treatment options are right for you.