What Is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis causes the body to speed the process of cell turnover to a rapid pace. This causes dead skin cells to collect quickly on the surface of the skin, forming red, dry, scaly patches which may have a silvery cast. These patches can be quite painful and uncomfortable. Psoriasis patches are most frequently found on the knees, elbows, hands, feet, face, skin folds, lower back, or scalp.

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What Causes Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an auto-immune disease with causes that are largely unknown. It is believed that the disease is passed down genetically and is triggered by the immune system, causing an increase of skin cell growth. It has been found that the disease can lay dormant until exposed to a trigger, which activates the process of excess cell production. Symptoms of psoriasis include:

  • Red patches on the skin which are covered in scaly, silvery cells
  • Small scaly spots
  • Dry skin which may crack and bleed
  • Itching and burning
  • Swollen, stiff joints
  • Changes in finger and toenails

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What Is Plaque Psoriasis?

Plaque psoriasis is a condition caused by an overactive immune response of the body, leading to flaky, scaly patches of skin, red or white in color. While there is no known complete cure, there are several very effective treatments we can provide for the condition. The symptoms of plaque psoriasis include itching, tight skin, a burning sensation, stinging, and pain. If you suffer from plaque psoriasis, our dermatologist can help you get relief.

How Is Psoriasis Treated?

There is no single treatment for psoriasis, as each individual responds differently to medications. Our board-certified dermatologist at Piedmont Plastic Surgery & Dermatology can help you find which treatment will successfully reduce inflammation to clear your skin, allowing you to live a healthy, pain-free life. Treatment methods include topical medications, photo- or light therapy, and prescription medications.

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974 SouthPoint Road, Suite D
Belmont NC 28012

Phone: 704-755-8020

Fax: 704-755-8021


5815 Blakeney Park Drive, Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28277

Phone: 704-542-2220

Fax: 704-542-3304


309 S. Sharon Amity Road, Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28211

Phone: 704-344-8846

Fax: 704-344-9844

Charlotte/7th St

2615 East 7th St
Charlotte, NC 28204

Phone: 704-295-0000

Fax: 704-295-0005


7476 Waterside Loop Road #600
Denver, NC 28037

Phone: 704-601-4381

Fax: 704-822-5997

Forest City

651 Withrow Road
Forest City, NC 28043

Phone: 828-288-1204

Fax: 828-288-1205

Gastonia/937 Cox Road

937 Cox Road
Gastonia, NC 28054

Phone: 704-898-8014

Fax: 704-898-8018

Gastonia/959 Cox Road

959 Cox Road
Gastonia, NC 28054

Phone: 704-866-7576

Fax: 704-866-0106

Hickory/Tate Blvd. Building 100

315 19th St. SE, Building 100
Hickory, NC 28602

Phone: 828-325-9849

Fax: 828-325-9879

Hickory/Tate Blvd. Building 200

315 19th St. SE, Building 200
Hickory, NC 28602

Phone: 828-328-3500

Fax: 828-328-8777


13539 Reese Blvd W.
Huntersville, NC 28078

Phone: 704-892-4878

Fax: 704-892-7453


105 Delta Park Drive
Shelby, NC 28150

Phone: 704-484-0464

Fax: 704-482-0308

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