Psoriasis Treatment in Midland, TX
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a common autoimmune disorder that causes skin cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. This results in patches of red, scaly skin that can be itchy and painful. It typically appears on the elbows, knees, scalp, lower back, face, palms and soles of feet but can occur anywhere on the body. In more severe cases, psoriasis may cause swelling and stiffness in joints.
Who Experiences Psoriasis?
Psoriasis affects approximately 7 million people in the United States alone. Although anyone can develop psoriasis at any age, it typically begins between ages 15-35 years old and is more common among adults than children. Psoriasis can also run in families — it is common for people who have psoriasis to also have a family member who has had it as well.
What Causes Psoriasis?
The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown but research suggests that it may be caused by a combination of genetic factors, as well as environmental triggers, such as stress or certain medications like lithium or beta blockers used to treat high blood pressure or heart disease. Diet may also play a role — studies have found that certain foods, like dairy products or gluten, may trigger flare-ups for some individuals with psoriasis. We now know the inflammatory mediators that are involved in psoriasis, including TNF alpha, interleukin 12, 17, and 23.
How To Treat Psoriasis
There are fortunately a number of treatment options for psoriasis available. One common treatment is topical corticosteroids, which are applied directly to the affected area. These can help reduce inflammation and relieve symptoms. If topical treatments are not effective, light therapy may be used. This involves exposing the skin to ultraviolet light, which can help to slow down the growth of skin cells. In severe cases, oral or injected medication may be necessary. These treatments can be effective, but they may also have side effects, so it is important to discuss all of your options with a doctor before starting any new treatment.
Schedule an Appointment
If you’re looking for treatment for psoriasis in Midland, Texas, we would love to see you at Midland Dermatology! Our board-certified dermatologists and certified physician assistants can help diagnose, manage and treat your skin condition.
For more information or to schedule an appointment at Midland Dermatology, call 432-689-2512.
*The content provided in this post is for informational purposes and does not diagnose or treat any medical conditions or diseases. Always seek guidance from a physician regarding any medical concerns you may have.