While six and a half million Americans are affected from the skin condition psoriasis, Parkview Physicians Group dermatologist Dr. Dara Spearman wants those people to know they don’t have to suffer. “There are good ways that we can treat psoriasis. Sometimes patients are like oh yeah that’s just my psoriasis. They come to me for a different issue and I’m like we can make that a lot better!” Psoriasis is when T cells attack healthy skin leaving red, inflamed, sometimes painful , itchy patches, otherwise known as plaques on various areas of the body. “It depends on the severity of the disease. So psoriasis can range from just affecting the scalp or classically people know that it affects elbows and knees.” Although the cause of psoriasis isn’t entirely clear doctors do know it’s genetic. A compromised immune system doesn’t help either. This can make prevention a little tricky. But there are ways to keep it at bay. “So trauma to the skin can cause it to flare
up. Stress can cause it to flare up. Smoking can make it worse. So patients want to obviously optimize anything that they can to help prevent it from flaring.” For more sever widespread cases there are several options for treatment such as light therapy in a UVB light box. There are oral medications and also injections. For milder cases, less invasive
measures are available. “Things like topical steroids and other topical medications to help basically get that thickened skin off and thin out those plaques.” Dr. Spearman says there’s no cure for psoriasis but there is no reason someone should endure the discomfort of this condition. It is manageable. “I think if you have it, you know you have
it or think you might, definitely visit your dermatologist to see if maybe there are some other treatment options available for you.” This have been Making the Rounds brought you
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