Patients who are struggling with conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and vitiligo may feel extremely self-conscious about their appearance. This can result in lowered self-esteem and a drop in confidence. Thankfully, at DermASAP we have the true expertise in treating patients with disabling dermatoses such as these. We understand how debilitating these conditions can be, and how they can affect one’s physical and emotional wellbeing.
Psoriasis causes certain areas of a person’s skin to grow much faster than is normally expected. This results in red, scaly patches in certain areas of the skin. It is not contagious, but just the unusual appearance may make others uncomfortable because they do not understand the condition. This may cause the psoriasis patient to become embarrassed or self-conscious. While it can be annoying, it is not dangerous to one’s health.
Psoriasis is most often experienced on the scalp, elbows, and knees; however, it has the potential to develop anywhere on the skin. Psoriasis can affect a person at any age, and the condition is often mild, rather than severe. It is an unpredictable condition that may come and go without apparent reason.
Psoriasis can be triggered by various factors; such as stress or certain medications. Red, raised scaly patches of skin are signs of psoriasis. If you suffer from psoriasis, rest assured there is gentle treatment at DermASAP in Plymouth. Knowing which type of psoriasis you have helps us tailor a treatment plan to meet your individual needs. We are happy to explain the most common types of psoriasis and their symptoms including:
This is the most common type of psoriasis. About eight in 10 people suffer from this type often called “psoriasis vulgaris.” Plaque psoriasis results in raised, inflamed, red skin covered with white, silver scales that may burn and itch. Plaque psoriasis is commonly found on the scalp, elbows, lower back, and knees.
Up to half of patients with psoriasis experience nail changes. Symptoms and signs include tender, painful nails, separation of the nail from the bed, color changes, pitting of the nails, and chalk-like material under the nails. You are more likely to develop a fungal infection with this type of psoriasis.
When patients have arthritis and psoriasis, they have this type of psoriasis. According to studies, people have psoriasis for about 10 years before developing psoriatic arthritis in 70 percent of the cases. About 90 percent of individuals also have nail changes. Stiff, painful joins in the morning and after rest and warm joints that may be discolored are symptoms of this psoriatic psoriasis.
This type is serious; however, it is the least common. Most of the body can be affected with a widespread fiery skin that appears burned. Itching, burning, or peeling is a symptom of this type of psoriasis. You may experience a change in body temperature and a faster heart rate. It is critical to seek treatment immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.
Proper diagnosis of a condition is necessary to undergo the appropriate treatment. Patients can schedule an examination appointment with our staff at DermASAP to understand the severity of their skin concerns. This pertinent information allows us to determine the best possible treatment to improve the condition and resolve the problem.
In the Quincy office, we provide the largest phototherapy center south of Boston, with day and evening hours available to suit an active schedule. Full body light boxes, hand and foot boxes, PUVA and narrow band UV are all available.
We also have onsite the XTRAC excimer laser, which allows intense UV light to be focused on just the involved skin sites, therefore sparing healthy or normal skin from unnecessary UV exposure.
The XTRAC can clear stubborn psoriatic plaques in just several treatments, and sustained remissions are common. It is also very useful in repigmenting the skin in conditions of pigment loss such as vitiligo.
About 10 to 20 percent of infants and an estimated 3 percent of adults in the United States suffer from eczema; a group of medical conditions that cause irritated or inflamed skin. Atopic dermatitis, or atopic eczema, is the most common type of eczema. Itchy and dry skin that may lead to blisters is a sign of the condition. Sometimes, the itching will start before the rash appears. When these areas of skin are scratched, they can become crusty. This is a sign of an infection and should be treated promptly. The board certified dermatologists at DermASAP in Plymouth and Quincy are highly sought after for diagnosis and treatment of eczema.
Eczema is most common on the face, hands, wrists, back of the knees, and feet. Darker-skinned people may experience pigmentation changes. Triggers of eczema may include stress, animal dander, rough or course materials, cold or hot temperatures, respiratory infections or colds, and household products; such as soap or detergent. Fortunately, eczema is not contagious. We can help patients avoid or lessen the severity of eczema outbreaks by tailoring treatment plans to meet their needs. We often recommend reducing stress and moisturizing frequently. Avoiding changes in humidity or temperature, harsh solvents, harsh soaps, and overheating or sweating may be recommended. Wool, certain beverages, and foods also can cause outbreaks.
Although there are no tests to diagnose eczema a thorough skin examination, along with asking a few questions, can quickly identify the condition. Since many patients with eczema have allergies, we may perform allergy tests to determine possible irritants or triggers. Children are often tested for allergies.
Our goal is to provide treatment that will relieve pain and prevent itching. Since the skin can become dry and itchy, we may recommend lotions and creams to keep the skin moist. Cold compresses may also be used to relieve itching.
Providing Emotional Relief
Patients who struggle with eczema may feel self-conscious about their appearance. We understand how debilitating this condition can be and how it can affect patients’ well-being. We work with each patient to find the right treatment and place him or her onto a path towards relief.
Quality Care and Expertise
Our technicians are trained in all aspects of phototherapy, and they serve as a valuable resource to patients plagued with these debilitating conditions.
DermASAP also serves as a referral center used by other local dermatologists who can no longer provide the technical expertise required to treat cases that are more difficult. Dr. Reed is a quality, board certified dermatologist who has decades of experience in providing patients with treatments concerning the skin and body.