Psoriasis is an inherited condition that affects the skin, joints, and immune system. The team of compassionate dermatology experts at Orlando Dermatology Center in Oviedo, Orlando, and Lake Mary, Florida, specializes in diagnosing and treating psoriasis. They take a patient-centered approach, creating plans that reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. Call the office near you today, or book an appointment online to learn more about psoriasis treatments.
If you have scaly, red patches of skin on your elbows, then you may have psoriasis. But only a medical professional can diagnose the skin condition.
Though there are different types of psoriasis, most people have plaque psoriasis, which causes thick, scaly patches of skin that may affect the elbows, knees, lower back, or scalp. Other common types of psoriasis include:
Inverse psoriasis causes flat, painful red patches in areas where the skin folds, like the armpits or groin.
Sebopsoriasis affects the face and scalp, causing greasy, scaly skin.
Psoriatic arthritis affects the joints, causing pain and inflammation.
It’s possible to have more than one type of psoriasis, like plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
An overactive immune system causes the scaly patches of skin most common in people with psoriasis. Normally, it takes about 30 days for your skin to grow and replace skin cells. In psoriasis, your immune system increases the speed of new skin cell production to three to four days.
The overproduction of skin cells causes the skin to pile up, creating scaly patches. The immune system also mistakenly attacks healthy cells, leading to inflammation.
A combination of genetic and environmental factors may trigger the disease.
You should see a dermatologist if you suspect you have psoriasis or need help managing outbreaks. The compassionate team at Orlando Dermatology Center takes a patient-centered approach to care and makes sure you get the right diagnosis and best treatment plan.
Your dermatologist asks detailed questions about your skin concerns and reviews your medical and family history. They examine your skin and can diagnose psoriasis after a physical. However, the team may take a sample of your rash and send it to the in-house lab to confirm your diagnosis.
The team at Orlando Dermatology Center customizes your psoriasis treatment plan based on the type and severity of symptoms. Treatment may include:
When medical interventions fail to improve your skin condition, the team at Orlando Dermatology Center may try steroid injections or laser treatments.
For expert dermatology care for your psoriasis, call Orlando Dermatology Center or book an appointment online today.