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Psoriasis: Symptoms and Solutions  | My Skin

September 06, 20232 min read

Psoriasis: Your Autoimmune Skin Journey Explained

Psoriasis is a skin disorder that is autoimmune and persistent. It is characterised by a fast accumulation of skin cells that cause thick red areas coated in silvery scales. Although it can occur anywhere on the body, it typically affects the lower back, scalp, elbows, and knees.

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What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a long-term inflammatory skin disorder that shortens skin cells' life span. This leads to a fast cellular accumulation on the skin's surface, resulting in the formation of thick, silvery scales and sometimes unpleasant, itchy, dry, red areas.

Symptoms of Psoriasis

The symptoms of psoriasis vary depending on the kind and severity of the disorder. However, some common symptoms include: red areas covered in thick, silvery scales; dry, cracked skin that is prone to bleeding; continuous burning, stinging, or pain; thickening, pitting, or ridging of the nails; and in rare instances, even swollen and stiff joints. For an accurate diagnosis and course of treatment, you must seek expert help if you encounter any of these.

Causes of Psoriasis

Psoriasis is thought to result from a combination of immune system, genetic, and environmental factors, while the precise etiology is unknown. Infections, stress, some drugs, skin injuries, and hormone fluctuations are triggers that can make psoriasis worse.

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Addressing Psoriasis

While there's no known cure for psoriasis, there are therapies that can help control symptoms and enhance quality of life. Topical creams and ointments, oral drugs, phototherapy, and biologic injections are available forms of treatment. Controlling symptoms can also be achieved by making lifestyle changes such avoiding triggers, moisturising frequently, and controlling stress.

Say Goodbye to Frustration: Discover Psoriasis Solutions in St. Pete & Bradenton

Aiming for clearer skin and better psoriasis management? Make an appointment right now for a St. Pete or Bradenton psoriasis consultation. Our skilled dermatologists can provide you tailored advice on how to better take care of your skin and effectively manage your condition.

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