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What Is It?

Psoriasis is a skin disorder in which there are red, thick areas of patches on the skin with silvery scales. It’s most often found on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back. It ranges from mild, where it’s hardly even visible, to extreme, covering large areas of the entire body. Millions of Americans have psoriasis, and though it normally develops between the ages of 15-30, there are a number of cases where psoriasis has either appeared or accelerated into adulthood.

There are different types of psoriasis

  • Plaque- red bumps that gradually become larger, forming flaky scales
  • Pustualar- this form of psoriasis is formed with a infections pus. Pustualar Psoriasis most often appears on the hands and feet but is not unfamiliar to larger parts of the body as well.
  • Inverse- smoother, inflamed patched of skin that most often appear around sensitive areas of the skin (genitals and armpits)
  • Guttate- described as ‘small teardrop-shaped lesions’. Guttate Psoriasis appears in large areas of the body.
  • Erythodermic- Overwhelming psoriasis that covers most of the body. This type of psoriasis results in extreme swelling, pain, and itching. It is said that erythodermic psoriasis derives from untreated plaque psoriasis in its earliest stages.

What Causes It?

There is no identifiable certain cause for psoriasis, but most studies have been led to believe that psoriasis is a chronic disease caused by the body’s immune system mistakenly commanding the growth of excess skin cells. A person’s immune system will send false signals to the skin which causes the skin to grow too soon. These cells end up piling up onto the skin, causing patches. Psoriasis is not contagious, but it is known to occur in members of the same family. Normally, psoriasis will flare up, go away, and appear again.

How is it Treated?

For each case of psoriasis, there is a different method of treatment. In general, topical creams and moisturizing lotions are used to loosen up the scales and control the excruciating itching. These aids are not meant to effect long term relief of psoriasis, but rather be an aid to ease temporary discomfort. Sunlight exposure has also shown to help people with psoriasis, but much like any other cases of sun exposure, it must be used very carefully. Spending an excess amount of time in the sun will only make the psoriasis worse. Try treatments using ultraviolet light therapy with your dermatologist. Treatment for psoriasis is based on a number of factors, including a person’s age, sex, lifestyle and medical history. After assessed, doctors can determine if the patient needs oral injections or phototherapy. Psoriasis in its most severe case can be aided through injections.

The doctors at West Medical are happy to assess and assist you in your relief of psoriasis. Offering the best method suited for your individual case.

West Medical offers the latest treatment for psoriasis. Don't go another minute untreated, we're happy to help! To find out more about psoriasis treatment options in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California, please call our offices at (855) 690-0565. We look forward to hearing from you!

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