Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disease that causes skin cells to grow abnormally fast – causing skin cells to pile up on the top surface of the skin and creating patches of red, bumpy and scaly skin. Psoriasis can appear anywhere on the skin but most frequently occurs on the scalp, lower back, knees and elbows. People with psoriasis may experience flare-ups of the condition, where their psoriasis worsens and then improves. Some triggers for flares include stress, infections, too much alcohol, and climate changes which cause skin dryness. Psoriasis is not contagious and is not an allergic reaction, and there is often a family history of the disease.
Although there is no cure for psoriasis, a dermatologist can help you properly manage and control your symptoms. Treatment of psoriasis depends on a number of factors including the specific type of psoriasis – as well as the size of the affected areas, severity and how the patient responds to initial treatment. Some of the treatment options currently available include topical retinoids, corticosteroids or vitamin D creams can limit inflammation and skin cell growth. Other methods include oral medications and laser therapy.
If you are looking for effective ways to treat and manage your psoriasis, Dr. Ros and her team can help you find the treatment that works best for you – and also help identify any triggers that might be causing your flare-ups. Contact us today at either our North Bergen office at (201) 255-4046 or our Clifton office at (973) 472-1000 to schedule an appointment, or email us.