What Is Psoriasis?

Dr. Hyemin Pomerantz, an expert at VivaSkin Dermatology and Aesthetics in Wellesley, MA, specializes in assisting both men and women in the treatment and ongoing management of psoriasis. This chronic skin condition occurs when skin cells grow excessively fast, leading to the formation of red, flaky, and silvery patches of skin. These patches can be itchy, inflamed, scaly, and may even develop scabs. While regular skin cells typically cycle and shed every four weeks, individuals with psoriasis experience a rapid buildup of skin cells, resulting in the formation of plaques. These plaques can vary in size and appear on different parts of the body, such as the elbows, hands, knees, head, and lower back.

Psoriasis manifests in various forms, with plaque psoriasis being the most commonly encountered type. Although many cases of psoriasis are considered moderate, some can be challenging to manage and may require multiple therapies throughout a person’s life. It is important to note that psoriasis is not contagious and cannot be transmitted from one person to another. Once diagnosed, the focus shifts to symptom management to minimize flare-ups and improve quality of life.

While a cure for psoriasis remains elusive, there are several treatment options available to effectively manage the condition. The choice of treatment depends on the severity and type of psoriasis a person is experiencing. For mild cases, prescription creams, ointments, and lotions can be used. In cases where the scalp is affected, shampoos, sprays, and oils specifically designed for psoriasis can be beneficial. Systemic medications, which are prescription drugs taken orally or through injections, are typically prescribed for individuals with moderate to severe psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis, as they work throughout the entire body to alleviate symptoms. Additionally, advancements in laser therapy, such as phototherapy using specialized ultraviolet light, have shown significant improvements in many cases of psoriasis, offering an effective treatment option to reduce symptoms.

Improve Your Psoriasis

Living with psoriasis can be challenging, causing pain and embarrassment that interferes with daily tasks and overall quality of life. If you find yourself in this situation, we encourage you to reach out to VivaSkin Dermatology and Aesthetics at your earliest convenience. By scheduling an appointment with Dr. Pomerantz, you can have your condition assessed and receive a personalized treatment plan tailored to alleviate your symptoms and enhance your well-being. Don’t hesitate to take the first step towards a more tolerable and fulfilling life with psoriasis. Call us today.

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