Psoriasis flare-ups aren’t just unsightly; they’re also itchy and uncomfortable. Red, scaly psoriasis patches on the face, scalp, and hands can make you want to hide. But relief is possible. At Lakeside Dermatology in Gurnee and Libertyville, Illinois, Martha Arroyo, MD, PhD, uses medication and light therapy to reduce the symptoms of psoriasis in children and adults significantly. Schedule an appointment today to discuss your options.
Psoriasis is a disease that shows up as red, itchy, scaly patches on the skin. It usually appears on the scalp, face, hands, knees, elbows, and genitals, but you can find it anywhere on the body.
Though we don’t know the exact cause of psoriasis, experts believe genetics and the immune system play a part. In people with psoriasis, something seems to trigger the skin cells to grow at a faster-than-normal rate, creating lesions on the skin. Psoriasis isn’t contagious, however.
To diagnose psoriasis, Dr. Arroyo assesses the appearance of the skin and examines it under a microscope. In patients with psoriasis, lesions appear thick and inflamed. Because one-third of people with psoriasis usually have a close family member with the disease, Dr. Arroyo also reviews your family’s health history.
Before treatment begins, Dr. Arroyo determines what type of psoriasis you have:
Psoriasis treatment varies depending on what type you have, where it’s located, and how severe your symptoms are. Dr. Arroyo uses medication and light therapy to provide relief. Some patients even find permanent relief with treatment. To discuss the best course of action for your psoriasis, book your appointment online with Lakeside Dermatology today.