If you are suffering from psoriasis, the experienced dermatologists at Zaladonis Dermatology Associates in Bethlehem, PA can provide you with information and treatment options to help you manage your psoriasis symptoms.
What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a skin condition that results when the body produces skin cells too quickly and they pile up. The result is plaques that form on the skin, thick rough patches. Between 80 and 90 percent of people with psoriasis will develop these scaly patches. One thing is almost guaranteed, they will be itchy. You can get scaly spots anywhere on the body, but the most common areas are the elbows, the knees, the scalp, and the lower back.
Psoriasis is not just one condition, there are multiple types of psoriasis.
- Plaque psoriasis
- Scalp psoriasis
- Nail psoriasis
- Guttate psoriasis
- Inverse psoriasis
- Pustular psoriasis
- Generalized pustular psoriasis
- Erythrodermic psoriasis
- Psoriatic arthritis
The symptoms of psoriasis depend on the type of psoriasis that you have. The thick, itchy scaly skin is the most obvious and well-known symptom. But it can look quite different from the other types of psoriasis. Guttate psoriasis produces small salmon-colored bumps that can cover the torso. It is most common in children and will often clear up on its own and may never return, which makes it unique.
Psoriasis is not curable. If you have it, it is for life except in some cases of Guttate psoriasis. You need to understand your triggers and to avoid them. Getting treatment from a dermatologist is the best option. They know all the available treatments and will work with you to ease your symptoms and allow you to improve your self-confidence and reduce the itch. OTC treatments are available and can help with mild cases. For more serious cases, our dermatologist can design a treatment program that will work best for you. Psoriasis can lead to more serious illness, which makes it important that you manage your symptoms and give it the attention it needs.
When you are looking for help managing your psoriasis in Bethlehem, PA, it is important to have all the latest information about available treatments.
When you need help with your psoriasis, contact Zaladonis Dermatology Associates in Bethlehem, PA, where our team of dermatologists is here to provide what you need. Give us a call at (610) 868-3150 to make an appointment.