Red, scaly skin, the principal symptom of psoriasis, may be quite upsetting for the sufferer when it occurs on exposed skin. At Dermatology Consultants of Gloucester in Gloucester, Virginia, Dr. Timothy Gardner can diagnose and treat psoriasis, relieving the itch and reducing the redness. Call the office or use the online scheduler to make an appointment for your psoriasis assessment and diagnosis.
When skin cells produce new tissue at an accelerated rate of speed, cells may build up on the surface of the skin, a condition called psoriasis. The cells form scales that become itchy or painful, and frequently exhibit a bright red color. Outbreaks are patchy, ranging from small, dandruff-like flakes to extensive areas covering wide swaths of skin. The size of the outbreak often depends on the type of psoriasis that’s active.
Psoriasis has no cure. It’s a chronic condition that may fade and reoccur. Cycles may last up to several months before fading or subsiding. It’s possible for psoriasis to go into complete remission.
Most psoriasis sufferers have one of four types of chronic condition.
This is the most common form of psoriasis. Skin lesions called plaques are dry and raised, typically red in color and covered with scales that appear silvery. Usually itchy, these plaques may also be painful. Size ranges from small to extensive, and can happen anywhere on the body, including on the genitals or inside the mouth.
Inverse psoriasis usually affects the skin under the armpits, under the breasts, and around the genitalia in the groin. Patches are smooth and red, and are aggravated by sweating and friction. Fungal infections may trigger this type of the condition.
Usually affecting children and young adults, a bacterial infection, such as strep throat, often triggers guttate psoriasis. Plaques that are thinner than with plaque psoriasis, and scales shaped like water drops, distinguish this type of psoriasis. There may be single or recurrent outbreaks.
Nail psoriasis attacks both fingernails and toenails, causing abnormal growth, pitting, and in some cases, nails separating from the nail bed. In severe cases, the affected nails may crumble.
Less common forms of psoriasis include psoriatic arthritis, pustular psoriasis, and erythrodermic psoriasis.
At Dermatology Consultants of Gloucester, Dr. Gardner typically uses a range of topical or oral treatments to reduce the symptoms of psoriasis.
Topical solutions include:
Oral medications include:
Home remedies may also be an important part of successful treatment, so Dr. Gardner may recommend daily baths with Epsom salts, moisturizers, and psoriasis trigger avoidance. Ultraviolet light therapy is another option that may beneficial, and Dr. Gardner may refer you to a specialist to provide UV treatment.
Don’t live another day with psoriasis. Call Dermatology Consultants of Gloucester to start treatment or use the online booking tool to pick a time that’s convenient for you.