What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a skin disease caused by an overactive immune system that accelerates the growth of skin cells. Skin cells then pile along the surface as they’re unable to shed fast enough. This results in inflammation that causes plaques and scales to raise from the skin.
As a result, patients suffering from psoriasis suffer from unsightly outbreaks that tend to itch and hurt. When left untreated, psoriasis can also lead to infections and, on rare occasions, harm other parts of the body (including organs).
While there is no cure for psoriasis, we offer treatment options that provide faster relief and faster healing. Just contact one of our dermatology offices in Johnstown, Somerset, or Indiana online or by calling (814) 536-7045.
Our patients understandably have a lot of questions after a psoriasis diagnosis (or if they believe they may have it). We’ve answered some of the most common questions below. For more specific answers, contact one of our Southwestern Pennsylvania dermatology offices.
There are different ways to treat psoriasis. Some of the most common treatments include:
- Topical therapy
- Light therapy
- Oral medications
The actual treatment used will vary by case.
Research shows that a family history of psoriasis does put patients at a higher risk. If both parents suffer from the skin condition, their child has a 75% chance of developing the disease. However, if only one parent has it, the risk drops to 15%. So while there are signs that it’s genetic, it is not guaranteed that children will develop psoriasis.
Unfortunately, no. However, it can be effectively treated for faster relief and healing. Treatment also helps prevent psoriasis from developing into something worse.
Psoriasis is not contagious, so you can’t spread it to other people. It can spread to other parts of your body (sometimes beyond the skin) if left untreated.
Our board-certified dermatologists in Southwestern Pennsylvania typically use your medical history, answers to specific questions, a skin examination, and a skin biopsy to diagnose psoriasis and similar skin conditions.
Psoriasis is often confused with other skin conditions. That’s why we’ve included a few photos below to capture its general appearance. If you’re still not sure about a rash or have more questions, please contact one of our board-certified dermatologists in Johnstown, Somerset, or Indiana, PA.
Schedule Your Psoriasis Treatment at One of Our Southwestern Pennsylvania Dermatology Offices
Unfortunately, you can’t stop psoriasis outbreaks, but you can find faster relief from the unsightly and uncomfortable rashes they cause. Our dermatologists in Pennsylvania are ready to help!
Schedule an appointment with one of our Southwestern Pennsylvania offices in Johnstown, Somerset, or Indiana to get started. You can contact us online or call us at (814) 536-7045.