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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