Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin condition that benefits from ongoing medical care to improve the health of your skin and reduce flare-ups. At kalon Dermatology in Staten Island and the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, The expert providers create personalized plans for psoriasis to keep the condition under control. Call the office or schedule your psoriasis consultation online today.
Psoriasis is a skin condition that occurs when there’s an overproduction of skin cells, leading to thick, scaly, itchy patches of skin. Normally, your skin replaces old cells with new cells every few weeks. But with psoriasis, your body makes new skin cells every few days.
The overproduction of skin cells occurs because of an immune system malfunction that triggers the skin cells to grow at a more rapid rate, making psoriasis an autoimmune skin condition.
There are many types of psoriasis that can affect different parts of the body. Some of these types include:
Plaque psoriasis is the most common type, causing raised, red plaques covered with white scales. You can have plaque psoriasis and another type of the autoimmune skin condition.
Inverse psoriasis causes a flat, red, and painful rash in the folded areas of the skin, like under the arms or in the groin area.
Sebopsoriasis is a type of psoriasis that affects the scalp, causing a scaly or crusty scalp.
Nail psoriasis causes discoloration and pitting in the fingernails and toenails.
Psoriatic arthritis is also a type of psoriasis that causes joint inflammation and pain.
You can expect a patient-centered exam when you visit kalon Dermatology for a psoriasis evaluation. Your provider asks detailed questions about your symptoms and medical history. They also ask about your family history since psoriasis tends to run in families.
Your provider examines your skin and may take a sample of your rash to confirm or rule out psoriasis.
Your provider at kalon Dermatology talks to you about your psoriasis and the treatments that may help keep your skin condition under control, They customize your plan based on psoriasis type and the severity of your symptoms.
Treatment for psoriasis may include:
Stress may trigger your skin condition, and your provider may also talk to you about stress management to reduce flare-ups.
For help for your psoriasis, call kalon Dermatology or schedule your consultation online today.