Psoriasis is a genetic condition that affects the skin. Symptoms include patches of redness, flakiness, and white scales. There is no cure for psoriasis, but effective treatments are available for alleviating psoriasis symptoms. A dermatologist can discuss treatment options with you. At Anderson Skin and Cancer Clinic, Dr. Mark Quarterman and Dr. Luke O’Steen are your dermatologists in Seneca, Abbeville, and Anderson, SC, for the treatment of psoriasis.
Children and adults can both be affected by psoriasis. Following the first psoriasis flare-up, symptoms will continue returning periodically throughout a person’s life. Symptoms of psoriasis include the appearance of red patches and white flaky scales on the skin. Symptoms are often the result of an overactive immune system, which causes the growth cycle of skin cells to speed up. That means new skin cells are maturing at a faster rate than normal so the body is not able to shed them quickly enough. Skin cells build up and cause redness, flakiness, and scaling.
Flare-ups most commonly occur on the elbows, knees, and trunk of the body. It is possible for a flare-up to appear in other areas of the body, as well. Although psoriasis is genetic, various factors can trigger a flare-up, including:
- Skin injuries
- Allergic reactions to medications
Treatments for Psoriasis
Several prescription and over-the-counter options are available for treating psoriasis. Over-the-counter remedies can temporarily alleviate the symptoms of mild psoriasis flare-ups. Over-the-counter products include anti-itch lotions and creams, bath solutions, and special moisturizers. Moderate to severe cases of psoriasis are best treated by a Seneca, Abbeville, and Anderson dermatologist who can prescribe an oral medication, light therapy, or biologics. Biologics are injected and work by suppressing the immune system, which tends to be overactive in patients with psoriasis.
You do not have to struggle with the symptoms of psoriasis. There are several effective treatments that can help. A dermatologist can recommend one for you. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Quarterman or Dr. O’Steen, call one of their three office locations. For Anderson, call (864) 224-7577; Seneca, (864) 882-7747; or Abbeville, (800) 922-SKIN.