Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that affects about 7.5 million Americans. In the spirit of Psoriasis Awareness Month, we are sharing information about the disease and how to treat it.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a medically puzzling and persistent skin disorder. If you have psoriasis, your skin cells multiply up to ten times faster than normal. Because there are so many cells, when they reach the skin’s surface they cause raised, red bumps with white scales. These patches typically occur on the knees, elbows, and scalp, but can affect any part of the body. In fact, there are numerous types of psoriasis and thus a variety of symptoms, from mild to severe. There are also many different triggers of psoriasis, including stress, weather, and certain medications.
How do you treat Psoriasis?
While unfortunately there is currently no cure for psoriasis, the good news is that there are many effective treatment options depending on the type and severity. Even people with severe psoriasis report improvements when actively treating the condition.
Some people opt for traditional treatment methods such as topical creams, shampoos, and oral medication. At WNY Dermatology, our most popular psoriasis treatment is XTRAC, a targeted laser treatment that helps clear symptoms and keep them at bay for longer.
If you are interested in finding out more about XTRAC or other possible evaluation and treatment services we provide, contact us today! We deliver the most current and effective treatments for patients of all ages.