Psoriasis speeds up the rate at which skin cells are created and then die. This results in itchy, scaly, or painful patches of skin. Psoriasis sufferers benefit from ongoing treatment to prevent flare-ups or the worsening of their skin condition. The skin care experts at LUX Dermatology develop personalized plans that can ease your suffering. They have offices in Sparks and Las Vegas, Nevada, and Stockton, Manteca, Santa Barbara, Porterville, Hanford, and Visalia, California. Get started today by calling the office nearest you or scheduling a visit online.
Psoriasis is an ongoing skin condition. It’s triggered by an immune system problem that causes skin cells to regenerate faster. The increase in skin cell production leads to patches of raised, red, scaly, dry, cracked skin that can itch and burn.
The skin condition tends to happen in cycles. Sufferers can experience flare-ups that last for weeks or months. Then the symptoms go away, sometimes for long periods.
However, psoriasis is a long-term condition that can get worse when left untreated. The experts at LUX Dermatology specialize in diagnosing and treating psoriasis. They can help you manage your psoriasis to reduce the number of flare-ups and prevent complications.
The many types of psoriasis cause different symptoms and affect different parts of the body.
Plaque psoriasis is the most common type, appearing as patched, raised, reddish skin. These patches can appear anywhere on your body but most often affect the elbows, knees, scalp, and back.
Pustular psoriasis develops as pus-filled bumps around your reddened skin. This type of psoriasis most often appears on the palms of the hands or the soles of the feet.
Inverse psoriasis appears as a flat, red, painful rash in areas where your skin folds — under the armpits and breasts, around the groin, and in the folds of your buttocks.
Erythrodermic psoriasis causes widespread redness and severe itching and pain. This least common type of psoriasis changes the body’s temperature and fluid balance. When left untreated, it can be life-threatening.
Psoriasis can also cause joint stiffness and swelling (psoriatic arthritis). The skin condition can also affect your nails, causing pitting, abnormal growth, and discoloration.
There’s no cure for psoriasis at this time. Treating the skin condition focuses on reducing flare-ups and easing symptoms.
The experienced and caring providers at LUX Dermatology create personalized treatment plans to ease your suffering.
Psoriasis treatment can include:
For light therapy, the providers at LUX Dermatology use the XTRAC® laser. This unique laser tool delivers a concentrated beam of ultraviolet (UV) B light to your psoriasis lesion. The light penetrates the lesion and breaks up the immune cells that trigger the overproduction of your skin cells.
The type of treatment best suited for you will depend on the kind of psoriasis you have and how severe your symptoms are.
To ease your psoriasis suffering, make an appointment at LUX Dermatology today by calling the office nearest you or scheduling an appointment through this website.