Understanding plaque psoriasis
The dermatologists at Associates in Dermatology of Middleburg Heights, Ohio, work with patients with all types of symptoms and problems affecting the skin, hair, nails, and body. Our team of professionals is well-versed in providing the care patients need to achieve health and beauty. When patients come to us with certain problems of the skin, we can provide a thorough assessment and determine the cause of the issue. One common condition is plaque psoriasis. We can provide a definitive diagnosis and discuss treatment options based on a patient’s unique needs. If you are concerned that you might have plaque psoriasis, keep reading to learn more about this condition and what can be done.
What is plaque psoriasis?
Plaque psoriasis is best described as a type of skin condition that causes red and scaly patches on the surface of your skin that can be itchy and uncomfortable. Fortunately, several effective treatments are available to help manage your plaque psoriasis symptoms and keep them under control. So, if you have been diagnosed with plaque psoriasis, talk to your healthcare provider at Associates in Dermatology about the best ways to treat this condition so that you can lead an active and overall healthy life.
Understanding the symptoms of plaque psoriasis
Plaque psoriasis is a relatively common skin condition affecting millions worldwide. The main symptom of this condition is raised red lesions on the surface of your skin, which can be accompanied by a buildup of dead skin cells that form thick, scaly patches. These patches may be itchy or painful and are often found on areas such as the scalp, knees, elbows, lower back, genitals, hands, and feet. In most cases, plaque psoriasis flares up more often in times of stress or when you’re feeling run down. Knowing your triggers can help manage these flare-ups and reduce their development, improving one’s overall quality of life.
What are some treatment options for plaque psoriasis?
Fortunately, many treatment options are available for managing plaque psoriasis symptoms. Some common treatments include:
- Topical creams containing corticosteroids or retinoids to help reduce inflammation
- Phototherapy using ultraviolet light to slow down the growth rate of skin cells
- Oral medications like methotrexate and cyclosporine to control cell growth
- Lifestyle changes that can be made, such as avoiding stress, getting enough sleep, and eating a healthy diet to help prevent plaque psoriasis flare-ups
Schedule a visit with our doctors at Associates in Dermatology
If you reside in Middleburg Heights, OH, and want to speak to a provider about getting a definitive diagnosis of your condition and finding an effective treatment option, you can call the professionals at Associates in Dermatology at (440) 482-8424.
We also serve the areas of Lorain and Westlake, Ohio. Together with our team of doctors, you can create a treatment plan that fits your needs and helps manage your symptoms effectively.Back to Psoriasis Page