Understanding Psoriasis: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options - 212SKIN Dermatology

Understanding Psoriasis: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition that affects the skin, causing red, scaly patches to appear. It’s a non-contagious condition that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy skin cells, leading to a buildup of skin cells on the surface of the skin. The extra skin cells form scales and red patches that can be itchy and painful.

Psoriasis Symptoms

The symptoms of psoriasis vary from person to person, but common signs and symptoms include:

  • Red patches of skin with silvery scales
  • Dry, cracked skin that may bleed
  • Itching or burning sensations
  • Thickened, pitted or ridged nails
  • Joint pain or stiffness

Causes of Psoriasis

While the exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, it’s believed to be related to an overactive immune system. Factors that may trigger psoriasis include:

  • Stress
  • Infections (such as strep throat or skin infections)
  • Certain medications (such as lithium or beta blockers)
  • Injury to the skin (such as a cut or bug bite)
  • Exposure to cold weather or dry air

Treatment Options for Psoriasis

There are several treatment options for psoriasis, including:

  • Topical medications (such as corticosteroids, vitamin D analogues, and retinoids)
  • Light therapy (such as phototherapy or laser therapy)
  • Oral medications (such as methotrexate, cyclosporine, and biologics)
  • Moisturizers and emollients to keep the skin hydrated

Get Psoriasis Treatment in NYC

If you’re struggling with psoriasis, it’s important to seek medical attention from a dermatologist who specializes in psoriasis treatment. At 212SKIN Dermatology in Midtown Manhattan, Dr. Avshalumova provides comprehensive care for psoriasis, including the latest treatment options. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and start managing your psoriasis symptoms.

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