Psoriasis is a common condition, characterized by whitish, scaly patches or red spots on the skin. However, it is much more than a simple rash. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder, which can have a wide range of health implications. Unfortunately, a simple over-the-counter cream is unlikely to resolve the problem, which is why most patients turn to a qualified dermatologist for treatment. Dr. Shukla and his team at drs skincare in Hamilton, ON have extensive experience and offer a variety of advanced psoriasis treatments.
Can psoriasis be self-diagnosed?
The most common form, known as plaque psoriasis, has a distinctive appearance that many people recognize. It typically manifests as sightly raised areas of reddish skin, which are covered in whitish or silvery scales. As it progresses the scaly covering can become quite thick, and it may peel or flake. The spots sometime hurt or itch.
There are also other, less common, types of psoriasis which are much more difficult to self-diagnose. Guttate psoriasis appears as small, pink, or red spots without scales. Inverse psoriasis is also red, but larger flat areas. Pustular psoriasis causes red bumps which are filled with pus. Erythrodermic psoriasis is a very rare but serious variation that looks like patches of severely burned skin. Additionally, psoriasis can affect the fingernails and toenails, causing pits, discoloration, chalky deposits, and separation from the nailbed.
Does psoriasis affect other parts of the body?
Yes, psoriasis may affect more than your skin. As an autoimmune disease, it can have wide ranging health implications, some of which are not yet fully understood. Most notably, some patients also have psoriatic arthritis, a painful condition affecting the joints and connective tissue. Much like other types of arthritis, it can cause stiffness, swelling, and pain in the joints. Depending on the severity, it can range from mildly uncomfortable to debilitating.
Can a dermatologist cure psoriasis?
There are many medical treatments available that can lessen the symptoms and effectively control psoriasis. There are many different treatment options, which have been proven to help many psoriasis patients. These include light therapy, medication injections, topical treatments, and more. We will work with you to develop a customized plan to help you achieve the greatest possible degree of relief.
Unfortunately, there is not yet a cure available, as scientists and doctors still have much to learn about this disease. However, it is the subject of a great deal of ongoing research, and there are many new possibilities on the horizon. Here at drs skincare, we are proud to be part of that research. As a patient, you may have the opportunity take part in clinical trials if you would like to try new treatments that are not yet on the market.
Are you ready to take the next step?
Do not let psoriasis control your life. Instead, let us help you take control of the condition. Call us at (905) 524-1712 and schedule an appointment to get started.
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