Have you begun to notice patches or buildups of dry skin? Are you uncomfortable with these itchy areas of your skin? You may be living with a chronic skin condition called psoriasis. Although this condition may cause discomfort or take a toll on your self-confidence, seeking the help of a dermatologist could help you understand and control your symptoms. Learn more during a consultation with our team at Atomic Dermatology in Pasco, WA!
What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that affects the moisture of skin. It can create itchy patches of skin that are dry and flaky. Some people also experience burning sensation as a result of the dry skin. In some cases, they can appear scaly.
While psoriasis can occur most places on the body, common areas include:
- Lower back
- Skin folds
Flares of psoriasis can affect multiple areas of the body, and they are sometimes triggered by causes such as common sickness, some medications, or weather.
Are There Different Types?
Most people living with psoriasis begin to experience the side effects of the condition during teenage and young adult years. This chronic condition is related to genetic or immune concerns, often related to the body’s ability to shed excess skin cells.
Psoriasis can range in severity based on how much of the body is covered by the patches of dead skin cells. Additionally, there are five different types of this chronic skin condition:
Plaque psoriasis is the most common form. While each of these forms has unique symptoms, most are itchy and can be painful. However, none of them are contagious and most can be managed with the help of proper medical care. Explore your options with the help of our team in Washington.
What Are My Treatment Options?
While psoriasis is not a curable skin condition, it can be manageable. Treatment will vary for each particular type of this condition as well as the severity of the condition. While treatment options may not necessarily be able to prevent triggers for this condition, they can be safe and effective for reducing the presence of the dry skin.
Popular treatment options include moisturizers and over-the-counter products. However, if your condition is severe or you are not seeing the results you desire, we recommend a consultation with our dermatological team in Pasco. They can help you better understand this condition as well as recommend treatment options such as prescription creams or shampoos, light therapy, or systemic medications. It is important to have realistic expectations for each treatment method and remember results will vary for each person and treatment method.
Schedule Your Consultation!
If you are concerned you may be living with psoriasis, contact us today at Atomic Dermatology. Schedule your consultation to learn more about this chronic skin condition and what treatment option may be right for you. Our team proudly serves you from Pasco, Washington.