Psoriasis Treatments Provided in Anchorage, AK
Psoriasis is a chronic skin problem that makes the skin cells of the body grow too quickly. This results in thick, white or red patches of skin. Instead of taking weeks to grow like normal skin cells, those with psoriasis move rapidly to the surface in days. There they build up and form thick patches that are referred to as plaques. These range in size from being small to very large. Often, the patches appear on the knees, scalp, elbows, lower back, hands, or feet. It is commonly experienced in adults, but children and teens are not unscathed.
Life with Psoriasis may seem hard, but with treatment and the right coping strategies provided by the National Psoriasis Foundation, your skin condition can be controlled.
Alaska Dermatology Laser & Skin Cancer Center provides patients with a thorough understanding of Psoriasis and its treatments options. Make an appointment today and let us help you cope with Psoriasis. We are currently accepting new patients and most insurance plans, Medicare, and Medicaid.
What is the Cause of Psoriasis?
Medical professionals believe that psoriasis occurs because of an overreaction by the immune system. This causes the inflammation and flaking of the skin. Researchers have also found links to genetics, as psoriasis often runs in families. However, it is not contagious. Therefore, it cannot be spread simply by touching a person affected with the condition.
People with psoriasis may note times when their skin gets worse. Flare-ups can result from a cold and dry climate, stress, dry skin, and certain infections. Some types of medication can also trigger a worsening of symptoms, such as NSAIDs and high blood pressure drugs. For women especially, smoking increases likelihood of having psoriasis and makes it worse for those already impacted.
What are Symptoms of Psoriasis?
Symptoms often depend upon the degree to which the person suffers from the skin problem. It can be mild and only result in small areas of rash. When it is moderate or more severe, the skin will get inflamed. Therefore, raised red areas topped with scaling skin will be visible. The skin may also become itchy, tender, and downright uncomfortable. Patches can even join together to form larger areas of rash, such as covering the whole back. Symptoms usually will disappear for a while, and then flare up again.
Alaska Dermatologists Treat Psoriasis
For mild cases, treatment usually begins with changes in skin care behaviors. This would include making sure your skin stays moist with lotion and cream. Shampoos and medicines prescribed by your dermatologist can also be used. Although some medicines, such as aloe vera, are available without a prescription within a pharmacy. Avoiding stressful situations, overexposure to sunlight, and certain medicines is highly recommended too. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle through a balanced diet and regular exercise often helps lessen flare-ups. Quitting smoking and lowering alcohol consumption will also aid in treatment.
Another option is phototherapy. This is a medical procedure that uses ultraviolet light to slow down the rapid growth of the skin cells associated with psoriasis. This exposure can be effective for handling symptoms; however, it must be conducted under the watchful eye of a professional. The skin will need to be checked frequently for any damage or cancer that can develop.
Psoriasis Speaks offers The Insider’s Guide to Psoriasis for a more personal look at coping with Psoriasis.
Psoriasis can be a challenge to treat. It often runs on a trial basis, meaning that you will have to try different products and methods before finding the right one for your skin. Treatment for psoriasis usually lasts for the entirety of the person’s life. Dr. Michael Cusack understands how important your skin condition is and he is dedicated to help you with treatments, feel comfortable in your own skin.