Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that presents with red, scaly and, itchy patches of skin, most frequently occurring in the scalp, trunk, elbows, and knees. There is no cure for psoriasis, and it can go through frequent cycles of flareups and complete remission. Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta provides psoriasis treatment to help you live your best life while keeping psoriasis under control.
Researchers aren’t clear about what causes this non-contagious skin condition, but they believe it has both genetic and environmental factors. Many can go free from symptoms for even years, and then an outbreak can be triggered by numerous conditions or causes. Some common triggers include:
- Illness or infection
- Cold, dry weather
- Severe sunburn
- Skin injury, bug bites
- Heavy alcohol usev
- Certain medications
As there are many forms of psoriasis, the condition can place you at a higher risk of developing serious health issues; some examples are cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, IBS and other autoimmune diseases.
Get Help to Live with Psoriasis
While psoriasis is an irritating and often debilitating condition, both the symptoms and outbreaks can be managed to allow you to live a full and active life. Dr. Susan Spitzler and Dr. Emma Murad are both skilled and knowledgeable dermatologists that can work with you to discover your unique triggers and create an effective treatment plan. With the proper treatments and lifestyle adjustments, you do not have to be controlled by psoriasis.
Learning your triggers and how to avoid them is an integral part of taking your life back instead of leaving it at the mercy of every outbreak. Also, a combination of the best treatments can help you control symptoms and care for your skin. Many treatment plans typically include:
- Salicylic acid
- Tar-based topical products
- Light therapy
- Laser therapy
Contact us at Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta if you have questions about these or other treatment options for psoriasis. Our expert dermatologists can create an effective, personalized treatment plan to help you live your best life with psoriasis.