The impact that psoriasis can have goes beyond just aesthetics, the condition can impact your quality of life in a number of ways, so it's important to become better informed about the symptoms, what causes it, and how it can be treated. But to learn much more about psoriasis you can reach out directly to your dermatologist team in Bethlehem, PA, Dr. Joseph Zaladonis, Dr. Mary Hutchins, and Dr. Veronica Rutt of Zaladonis Dermatology Associates.
What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic condition that causes itching patches of skin to form, the so-called psoriasis patches, which tend to resemble a rash.
What Are the Symptoms?
Symptoms can differ from one person to another depending on the severity of the flare-ups, some experience only a few flakes of skin, while others can have large and uncomfortable psoriasis patches.
These red and inflamed patches of skin can cause it to itch, can produce a burning feeling, and can dry and crack the skin causing it to bleed.
They can develop on any part of the body but are most common on the knees, elbows, back, and scalp.
What Causes It?
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, which means that your own body's immune system is overreacting and causing skin cells to grow far too quickly, causing the above-mentioned symptoms.
The underlying cause for it is unknown but it is not contagious. A family history of the condition can make you more likely to develop it.
Can It Be Cured?
There is no cure for the condition but there are a variety of treatments offered by your dermatologist that can help control and reduce the impact of the symptoms and can help get flare-ups under control.
Your doctor can also recommend ways that you can prevent flare-ups at home, such as avoiding triggers that bring on the symptoms, as well as ways to minimize their effect such as by moisturizing your skin daily, and can recommend skin products that can help keep your skin clear.
Psoriasis Treatment in Bethlehem, PA
If you are seeking relief from psoriasis symptoms you can schedule a visit in Bethlehem, PA, with Dr. Zaladonis, Dr. Hutchins, and Dr. Rutt of Zaladonis Dermatology Associates by dialing (610) 868-3150.