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Psoriasis: What You Need To Know

Psoriasis is a common skin condition that results in patchy, scaly and sometimes a painful rash on the surface of the skin. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition that causes the body to produce too many new skin cells too quickly, causing inflammation and excess buildup of skin cells on the elbows, knees, scalp, back, hands and/or feet.

Although anyone can develop Psoriasis, it is most common in people with a family history and genetic predisposition to the condition.

There are a few different types of Psoriasis:

  • Plaque
  • Erythrodermic
  • Pustular
  • Inverse
  • Guttate

Symptoms of Psoriasis

The symptoms can vary from person to person depending on the type and severity, but some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Red spots or rash
  • Painful pus-filled bumps
  • Itching
  • Fever or chills
  • Skin that looks like it has suffered from a severe burn

Although every case is different, there are a few common triggers that can lead to the onset of a Psoriasis outbreak for people who are already predisposed to the condition. Some of the potential triggers include:

  • Medications (lithium or anti-malaria drugs)
  • Strep throat
  • Stress
  • Cuts or sunburn
  • Dry skin

Psoriasis Diagnosis and Treatment

Psoriasis symptoms can be diagnosed and treated by a dermatologist. If you develop symptoms of Psoriasis or notice changes, growths or spots on your skin, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. Most cases can be diagnosed through a comprehensive medical history and exam of your skin, nails, and scalp. In some cases, a dermatologist may also order an outpatient skin biopsy to determine the specific type of Psoriasis and to rule out the possibility of other conditions.

Psoriasis Treatment

 Asarch Dermatology and Aesthetics in Colorado offers a non-invasive, state-of-the-art treatment for Psoriasis with an FDA-approved XTRAC laser procedure. The XTRAC laser procedure uses safe UVB light beam therapy to successfully treat skin lesions. The UVB light beams are precise and focused directly on the parts of the skin affected by Psoriasis, which prevents exposure to the surrounding healthy skin. Many Psoriasis patients experience long-lasting relief from Psoriasis outbreaks in as little as six to ten XTRAC laser treatments, along with healthy lifestyle adjustments and modifications to help avoid potential triggers.

 

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