Despite being a relatively common skin condition, doctors and researchers have not yet been able to determine the exact cause of psoriasis nor a permanent cure. What is thought to be true of psoriasis is that it is a genetic disease passed down through generations and may or may not appear even if passed down.
At this point, most doctors and scientists believe it is a disorder related to a person’s immune system. Although there are a few different types of psoriasis, the symptoms are all relatively the same. Usually in small patches but possibly over a large area, the skin will redden and have thick scales that can slough off. Most people also report significant itching or burning in these areas.
Although there is no cure for psoriasis, many treatment options can alleviate many of the symptoms and reduce the likelihood of flare-ups. Not everyone will see the same level of relief from treatment, and each person may respond to one treatment option better than another.
Your doctor will prescribe the best medicated cream to match depending on the type of psoriasis and where the flare-ups occur. For many people with mild to moderate psoriasis, topical creams or ointments are all needed. If your body responds well to these, applying the cream or lotion can be added to your daily skincare routine.
For more severe cases of psoriasis, natural or artificial light therapy may provide some relief. Many patients report some positive changes with increased exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays directed at the skin in the office setting. However, there is a chance this may worsen the symptoms or cause other skin conditions.
If neither of these treatments provides relief, injectable or oral medications have been proven to provide relief in severe cases where more conservative treatments are unsuccessful. However, these medications have some side effects, and routine blood work may be required.
Dr. Shondra Smith in Lake Charles, LA, can provide comprehensive consultation and develop a treatment plan that addresses your psoriasis. Call the office at 337-477-0011 or visit www.shondrasmithmd.com to schedule an appointment.