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If you’re suffering from the persistent condition of psoriasis, the board-certified dermatologists at Cumberland Skin understand how frustrating it can be. From the red, irritated skin to itchy, scaly patches, psoriasis often interferes with daily activities and everyday life.
At our top-of-the-line dermatology clinics throughout Tennessee our knowledgeable and experienced board-certified dermatologists understand that there are a variety of psoriasis causes and triggers. We work closely with each and every patient to help them find relief from the irritating symptoms of psoriasis with personalized treatment plans.
WHAT IS Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a persistent, chronic disease that changes the life cycle of skin cells. This chronic condition is characterized by the rapid buildup of cells on the surface of the skin, causing the formation of thick, silvery scaly patches and itchy, dry, red skin.
Researchers are still unclear as to what exactly causes psoriasis, but this chronic skin condition is thought to be an autoimmune disease. This dysfunction of the immune system triggers inflammation of the skin and accelerated cell growth, which is what psoriasis is characterized by.
When it comes to psoriasis, there are a few signs to look out for. While psoriasis symptoms can vary from person to person, this condition typically looks like:
- Red patches of skin covered with silvery scales
- Small scaling spots (commonly seen in children)
- Dry, cracked skin that may bleed
- Itching, burning, or soreness
- Thickened, pitted, or ridged nails
- Swollen and stiff joints
If you’re experiencing any of the irritated and troublesome psoriasis symptoms mentioned above, please contact the dermatologists at Cumberland Skin. We’re ready to help you find relief!
Researchers believe that both environmental and genetic factors contribute to the development of psoriasis. Though this is not conclusive, as some get psoriasis who have no family history of the disease.
There are five different types of psoriasis. The most common type is plaque psoriasis, which affects around 80% of those with psoriasis. Lesser common types of psoriasis include:
- Guttate psoriasis
- Pustular psoriasis
- Inverse psoriasis
- Erythrodermic psoriasis
In some cases, people will show symptoms for multiple types of psoriasis. Visit a board-certified dermatologist to determine which type of psoriasis you may have.
One of the most common psoriasis symptoms is dry, itchy skin. If you’re struggling with itchy psoriasis patches, we recommend trying over-the-counter (OTC) corticosteroid creams to relieve the itch. If an OTC cream or topical doesn’t improve your symptoms, visit an experienced dermatologist for a personalized treatment plan with prescription medicine.
The board-certified dermatologists at Cumberland Skin build personalized psoriasis treatment plans for individual patients to help alleviate their psoriasis symptoms and reduce the chances of psoriasis flare-ups. Our personalized treatments plans include a combination of medication – topicals, creams, and oral prescriptions – and lifestyle recommendations to help patients experience relief.