Psoriasis is thought to be an autoimmune disorder that affects the skin. There are several types, with plaque psoriasis being by far the most common. In this condition, the patient develops raised patches of itchy, red skin covered with silvery scales. The plaques can appear anywhere, but are most common on the scalp, lower back, elbows and knees.
While there is no cure for this condition, there are many treatments aimed at relieving the discomfort and/or slowing down the abnormally fast pace of skin cell production. The treatments used depend on the severity of the condition. Psoriasis is considered mild if it affects less than 3 percent of the patient’s body. It is considered moderate if it affects between 3 and 10 percent of the body, while the severe form covers over 10 percent of the body.
Some health habits can exacerbate psoriasis or trigger an outbreak. Both smoking and drinking alcohol, for example, can increase the risk of developing the condition and make symptoms worse.
A patient with psoriasis should also be careful about the types of cosmetics, soaps or perfumes they use, for some of these can irritate the skin and make the symptoms worse. Patients should be especially wary of anything with a strong fragrance. They should either avoid such products or use those designed for people with sensitive skin.
Psoriasis can both cause stress and be made worse by stress. Therefore, a patient with this condition needs to find ways to reduce stress and might consider such practices as yoga or meditation.
Medical treatments for psoriasis fall into three broad categories: topical creams and ointments, light therapy and injectable medications. The topical creams tend to be used for milder cases, while the medications are often used for the worst cases. However, it all depends on the unique situation.
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If you have psoriasis, you know how much it can negatively affect virtually all aspects of living. Don’t give up hope. You can keep your symptoms under control with the right treatment or combination of treatments.
During a consultation at Pierre Skin Care Institute in Thousand Oaks, you can learn about all of your treatment options. Our team would be happy to address whatever questions or concerns you may have as they come up with a customized program for you. We proudly serve clients in the Westlake Village and surrounding areas. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!