What is psoriasis?

Large red inflamed flaky rash on the knees knees and elbow Patients who have been diagnosed with psoriasis may feel incredibly self-conscious about their condition. Psoriasis can develop anywhere on the body, and often forms in areas that might be hard to cover with clothing, such as the scalp, elbows, and knees. With the help of a dermatological professional, many patients can find effective relief and learn more about controlling this chronic skin disorder.

What is psoriasis?

The doctors at Georgia Dermatology Partners describe psoriasis as a chronic skin disorder known to affect approximately one out of every 40 individuals in the United States. This condition results in an overproduction of the skin cells. Normally-functioning skin cells will typically go through a maturity cycle in approximately every thirty days, forming and flaking within this time. However, patients with psoriasis will have a much shorter skin cell growth cycle which could be in as little as a few days, which results in the buildup of skin cells that looks like silvery scales. These areas of buildup can be difficult to address alone, and may require the assistance of a dermatologist to resolve.

What can be done about psoriasis?

There are several ways in which a dermatological professional may approach psoriasis, as there are various treatment options. There is no “one size fits all” treatment for psoriasis, so working directly with a patient to determine their specific triggers and lifestyle will help in choosing the appropriate solution. Below are just a few of the more common ways in which a dermatologist may help a patient with chronic psoriasis:

  • Finding specific triggers for flare-ups (stress, weather changes, etc.)
  • Prescription steroid creams
  • Retinoids made from vitamin A
  • Immunosuppressants
  • Specialized medicated shampoos
  • Phototherapy and laser skin rejuvenation
  • Enzyme inhibitors
  • Methotrexate
  • Cyclosporine
  • Systemic biologic treatments

Are you struggling with psoriasis?

Though there is no cure for psoriasis, there is hope with the help of a dermatologist in the Georgia area. Call (770) 972-4845 to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our providers at any of our four convenient office locations. We are open to new and returning patients in the community who are in need of quality medical and cosmetic dermatological care.

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