Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Dermatology located in Quincy, MA & Plymouth, MA
Having scaly and/or red patches of overgrown skin on your body can cause extreme self-consciousness and cause you to dress modestly in order to hide your skin. At DermASAP in Plymouth and Quincy, Massachusetts, the medical team offers several treatment options to help you manage your psoriasis and become more comfortable in your skin again. If you’re interested in exploring treatment options for your psoriasis, call or schedule an appointment online at DermASAP today.
Psoriasis Q & A
What are the symptoms of psoriasis?
There are several types of psoriasis, each with unique symptoms. Your provider will take note of your symptoms to diagnose you with one or more forms if you have it. The most common are:
Plaque psoriasis, also known as psoriasis vulgaris, is the most common type. It is characterized by inflamed red skin patches that are often covered in white scales. The affected areas may burn or itch, and usually appear on your head, lower back, elbows, or knees.
Roughly half of the patients with psoriasis have nail psoriasis which can appear alongside another type of psoriasis. It’s characterized by tender or painful fingernails that might separate from the nail bed. The condition is prone to developing fungus, so it’s important to keep a close eye on your symptoms.
If you’re experiencing arthritis, or stiff joints, alongside your psoriasis, you may have psoriasis arthritis. Most patients who develop psoriasis arthritis have had psoriasis symptoms for over 10 years before developing resulting arthritis. Symptoms include stiff or painful joints after rest and warm or discolored joints.
This is the least common type of psoriasis, but it’s very serious. Erythrodermic psoriasis can flare up over most or all of your body at the same time alongside a burning sensation. The rash may also peel, and your heart rate may speed up. If your erythrodermic psoriasis flares up, it’s important for you to seek medical attention immediately.
What are my treatment and management options?
DermASAP offers several treatment options for psoriasis. Your doctor will select which is best for your case based on your medical history and needs. Options for the management and treatment of psoriasis include:
- XTRAC® laser treatment
- Topical medications
- Oral medications
- Salt baths
- TNF inhibitors (for arthritic symptoms)
You’ll need to come back for regular appointments to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your psoriasis treatment and to manage your condition.
If psoriasis leaves you feeling unsightly, uncomfortable, or both, visit DermASAP to explore your options for treatment and comfort. Call or book an appointment online.
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