Skin issues like psoriasis can result in a frustrating and sometimes uncomfortable experience. However, with help from your doctor, you can overcome your symptoms and gain control of your psoriasis. Find out more about this skin condition and how your dermatologist can help you with its treatment with Dr. Robert Dyer and Dr. Vincent Criscione at South County Dermatology with locations in East Greenwich, Narragansett, Westerly, and Barrington, RI.
What causes psoriasis?
It is related to an issue with the immune system mistakenly attacking healthy skin cells and causing them to reproduce too rapidly. The condition causes new skin cells to reproduce and move to the surface of the skin in a matter of days, a process that normally takes several weeks. This results in a buildup of cells which cause thick, scaly patches on the skin.
Do I have psoriasis?
There are several types of psoriasis which often present themselves in different ways or in various areas of the body. However, some common symptoms of all types of psoriasis include:
- red patches of skin
- silvery scale-like spots
- swollen or stiff joints
- thickened or pitted nails
- dry, cracked skin
- cracked skin which bleeds
Psoriasis can occur anywhere on the body but normally crops up on the elbows or knees. The affected areas of skin may range from small scaly patches to major cases which cover large areas.
Psoriasis Treatments in East Greenwich, Narragansett, Westerly, and Barrington, RI
If you think you have psoriasis, you should see your dermatologist to confirm that you suffer from this condition. Treating psoriasis often begins with a prescription topical treatment applied to the affected areas of skin. Phototherapy which uses natural or artificial light has also proven successful in treating psoriasis. Severe cases may require oral or injected medications to control symptoms.
For more information on psoriasis, please contact Dr. Robert Dyer and Dr. Vincent Criscione at South County Dermatology with locations in East Greenwich, Narragansett, Westerly, and Barrington, RI. Call (401) 471-3376 to schedule your appointment at any of the four locations today!