Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects around 8 million Americans according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. It doesn’t have a cure, but it can be managed and treated with the help of your dermatologist. If you believe that you might have psoriasis, there are a number of symptoms to look out for that you should discuss with your skin doctor. Thankfully, there are also therapies you can try when you visit us here at Northwest AR Clinical Trials Center, PLLC in Rogers, AR.
Psoriasis is an ailment of the skin that is caused by the skin cells regenerating in an overly rapid fashion. Consequently, the cells grow above the normal surface of the skin and become red, scaly, and itchy. This is a skin problem that is classified as chronic, meaning that it comes and goes. There’s no clear reason why, but it could be related to stress, diet (such as a lack of Vitamin D), medications, drug/alcohol abuse, or infections. It may also be related to an immune system deficiency or disorder. Given the vast pool of possible causes, it’s important to consult your Rogers, AR, dermatologist about your lifestyle and habits to get an idea of what could be triggering your psoriasis symptoms.
You probably look at your skin regularly throughout the day, which is why it’s easy to notice the development of a psoriasis rash. These are some of the symptoms to look for:
- Redness of the skin.
- Thick scales and patches.
- Dryness, itchiness, and a burning or sore sensation.
- Joint stiffening.
- The nails may thicken and become discolored in the case of nail psoriasis.
Getting treatment at the onset of psoriasis symptoms is best. The options your skin doctor will discuss include:
- Skin biopsy to pinpoint the exact type of psoriasis.
- Vitamin D therapy and retinoids (Vitamin A).
- Additional medications (topical and oral), such as salicylic acid.
- Change in diet and lifestyle habits.
- Moisturizers and ointments.
- Phototherapy (exposing the skin to artificial or natural light).
- Your doctor may also recommend you for a psoriasis skin study.
Get Help with Psoriasis
The sooner you seek help from your dermatologist with symptoms of psoriasis, the better you can manage this common skin condition in the present and future. Call (479) 876-8205 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cheryl Hull at Northwest Arkansas Clinical Trials Center, PLLC in Rogers, AR.