Psoriasis is a hereditary skin condition that is associated with periodic flare-ups in which the skin develops either red patches or white flaky scales. While there is no cure for psoriasis, several treatments are available for managing the symptoms. Some patients even experience completely clear skin as a result of treatment. Here at Northwest Arkansas Clinical Trials Center in Rogers, AR, our experienced dermatologist, Dr. Cheryl Hull, can discuss treatment options with you.
Psoriasis Types and Symptoms
Psoriasis is a genetic condition in which the immune system prompts the body to grow new skin cells too quickly before shedding old ones. This overproduction results in the skin cells piling up on the surface of the skin, leading to the development of patches and scales.
Psoriasis can affect both children and adults. For most patients with psoriasis, the condition tends to flare-up for the first time between 15 and 35 years old. Since the condition is chronic, symptoms will continue to recur throughout life following the first flare-up. There are five distinct types of psoriasis, but plaque psoriasis is the most common. The five types of psoriasis include:
Several symptoms can be experienced during a flare-up of psoriasis. Common symptoms of psoriasis include:
- Red patches
- White, flaky scales
- Nails develop pits, crumble, or fall off
- Patches forming on the elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back
Psoriasis cannot be cured, but the symptoms associated with a flare-up can be significantly reduced through treatment. We offer several options for treating psoriasis at our center in Rogers, AR. The specific method that is best for you could depend on several factors, such as the severity and type of psoriasis. Examples of psoriasis treatments include:
- Oral medications
- Topical medications
- Phototherapy (also called light therapy)
- Biologics to suppress the immune system
Psoriasis can cause physical discomfort, as well as contribute to feeling self-conscious about your skin. The good news is there are many effective treatments that can help. Contact our office in Rogers to learn more about psoriasis treatment options. To speak with Dr. Hull or another member of our dermatology staff about managing your psoriasis, call Northwest Arkansas Clinical Trials Center at (479) 876-8205.