Psoriasis can be itchy, painful, and affect your appearance. Living with psoriasis has its challenges, but Dr. Kim Neyman at Elevation Dermatology can help you manage psoriasis, so it doesn’t interfere with your quality of life. Dr. Neyman is a skilled dermatologist with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of psoriasis. For more information, contact the office in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, or schedule a consultation online.
If you have psoriasis, your body produces new skin cells much faster than it should. The excess cells build up, resulting in thickened patches of skin that look unusual and can be itchy and uncomfortable.
The most prevalent type of psoriasis is plaque psoriasis, where raised patches that can be very itchy, and may also burn or sting, appear on the skin. These patches are known as “plaques.”
Other types of psoriasis include:
Between 10-30% of people with psoriasis also have pain and swelling in the joints, known as psoriatic arthritis.
Psoriasis signs and symptoms vary depending on the type and severity of the disease. The most common symptoms include:
Psoriasis can occur anywhere on the body, but the most common areas are the elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back. In severe cases, plaques may merge together, covering large areas of the skin.
Psoriasis isn’t contagious, but the cause of psoriasis isn’t fully understood. There appears to be a relationship between psoriasis and the immune system.
Anyone can get psoriasis, but genetics, recurring infections like strep throat, and certain medications can increase your risk for the disease.
Psoriasis can improve or even go away for periods of time; certain triggers may cause outbreaks, including:
Identifying triggers, and learning to avoid them, is an essential step in learning to manage your psoriasis.
Psoriasis can’t be cured, but Dr. Neyman can help you manage the disease, so it has less impact on your daily life. Dr. Neyman customizes your treatment plan to your individual diagnosis. In addition to avoiding triggers, treatment options may include:
Regular checkups with Dr. Neyman allow her to monitor your psoriasis, so she can make adjustments to your treatment plan as soon as changes in your condition arise.
To learn more about psoriasis treatment, call Elevation Dermatology or book an appointment online.