Psoriasis Treatment at Midtown Dermatology
Psoriasis is a chronic condition that affects over 8 million people in the United States alone. An over-activity of the immune system leads to the accumulation of skin cells, resulting in the appearance of plaques on the skin's surface. These plaques can be white-silver, thick, and appear in red patches. People with darker skin tones might experience them as dark brown or purplish with gray/shite plaques. Beyond its visible effects, psoriasis can cause discomfort and even bleeding when plaques crack.
Psoriasis plaques Scales often develop on knees, elbows, and the scalp. However, psoriasis can appear on the face, ears, hands, feet, and nails. It can manifest in small patches or spread widely. Psoriasis can occur at any age, with frequent onset between 20-30 and 50-60 years.
Associated Medical Conditions: Psoriasis is linked to other medical conditions. Over 30% of patients may develop psoriatic arthritis, an inflammatory arthritis can destroy joint and cause significant joint pain. Patients are also at higher risk for developing diabetes, obesity, depression, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease including heart attack and stroke.
Expert Evaluation and Treatment: When you suspect psoriasis, our team at Midtown Dermatology will gather relevant information, including medications, family history, and environmental exposures. A comprehensive skin examination will be conducted, along with an inquiry into joint symptoms. A skin biopsy might be required to determine your diagnosis. There are a wide variety of treatment options currently available, including topical treatment, oral and injectable medications, light therapy, and addressing underlying/associated conditions.
Seek Expert Consultation: To investigate a diagnosis of psoriasis treatment options individualized to your specific situation and needs schedule a consultation with our team at Midtown Dermatology.