At Advanced Dermatology, Inc., one of the most common reasons that patients seek the expertise of our Dana Point dermatologist is for psoriasis treatment. Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition, meaning that it occurs long term. The condition occurs when skin cells are developing too quickly, and therefore results in abnormal patches of skin. The patches vary in color from white, to silvery, to red, and are usually thicker than regular skin development. For people without psoriasis, new skin cells grow gradually and flake off after about four weeks. The difference for people with psoriasis is that their new skin cells move up to the surface within just days rather than weeks. Depending on the individual, the patches can be large or small, and they can occur in different places around the body. For most people, the patches occur on the knees, elbows, scalp, hands, feet, or the back.
Although psoriasis is most common in adults, it can occur in younger teens and children as well. The main reason that psoriasis occurs in the first place is as a result of an overactive immune system. Psoriasis sometimes also runs in families, so if you have a family member with psoriasis you may have an increased chance of developing the condition as well. If you think you may have psoriasis and are looking for top of the line treatment, be sure to schedule an appointment with our Dana Point dermatologist as soon as possible. During your visit at our office, we will look at your skin and possibly perform a skin KOH test in order to confirm a diagnosis of psoriasis. From there, we will be able to discuss possible treatment options.
For most cases of psoriasis, simple changes to your lifestyle can make a big difference. Our Dana Point dermatologist recommends that you use creams and lotions in order to keep your skin smooth and moist. We may also recommend that you use special UV lights and specific medications depending on your specific symptoms. You should also avoid excess stress, smoking tobacco, using alcohol, excess time in the sun, and certain medications in order to prevent flare-ups of psoriasis. For more personally tailored treatment options, be sure to schedule an appointment with our experts at Advanced Dermatology, Inc..