Do you have psoriasis? You're not alone. Psoriasis is a common skin condition caused by an overactive immune system. Approximately 7.5 million people in the United States have psoriasis. This condition causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. Aberdeen Dermatology Associates in Aberdeen, SD offers state-of-the-art treatments for psoriasis.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes inflammation and scaling (swelling, pain, redness and heat.) Psoriasis causes red, raised, scaly patches to appear on the skin. These patches can feel sore or become itchy. They are often found on the knees, elbows, legs, scalp, lower back, palms, face and soles of the feet. But they can also show up in other places such as toenails, fingernails and inside the mouth.
How Is Psoriasis Diagnosed?
Psoriasis is typically diagnosed after the doctor does a physical exam. Your Aberdeen dermatologist can diagnose psoriasis by taking your medical history and examining your nails, scalp and skin. Your doctor may take a small sample of skin that is examined under a microscope to determine the type of psoriasis you have and to rule out other conditions.
How Is Psoriasis Treated?
Topical treatments (ointments, creams) are used to treat psoriasis. These treatments suppress the immune system and help reduce inflammation and skin cell turnover. If the psoriasis is severe, your doctor might prescribe medication or give medicine through an injection. Light therapy is also used to treat psoriasis. Light therapy, involves exposing the skin to artificial UV light on a regular basis and under medical supervision.
Patients with psoriasis know all too well that psoriasis isn’t just a skin condition: it’s a disorder that affects many aspects of their lives, from their daily functioning and life decisions to their health and relationships. If you think you might have psoriasis, call Aberdeen Dermatology Associates in Aberdeen, SD at (605) 226-0560 today to schedule an appointment.