What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis, which presents as thick scaly patches on the skin, is a chronic skin condition that causes cells on the skin to grow abnormally fast. In normal skin, cells grow and fall off after about four weeks. When the skin sheds off, new cells then grow in place of the cells that have flaked off. When you have psoriasis, those new skin cells come to the skin’s surface much quicker—in days as opposed to weeks. This buildup of patches is referred to as plaques. Psoriasis can be an extremely embarrassing condition—especially during swimsuit season.

Treatment

Management of psoriasis includes:

  • Topical agents such as bath solutions, moisturizer and mineral oil as well as medicated ointments and lotions.
  • Phototherapy that limits the abnormality fast production of cells.
  • Systemic agents (pills and injections)
  • Alternative therapy such as modification of lifestyle with improved stress management, no alcohol or tobacco and diet modification may be helpful.

For relief of psoriatic symptoms, contact Dr. Roya Javid, who will examine you and gather a medical and genetic history. She will evaluate this information as well as provide and explain treatment recommendations that will assist in alleviating your condition and relieving your symptoms.