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Find Treatment for Psoriasis near Columbus, Ohio

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Find Treatment for Psoriasis near Columbus, Ohio


What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes red, scaly, itchy patches on the skin. It is considered an autoimmune condition. Psoriasis can affect any part of the body, but the most common areas affected are the elbows, knees, scalp, soles of the feet, and back. Psoriatic patches can be minor and occur in just a few small spots, or they can cover large areas of the body. Psoriasis is not contagious and cannot be spread through skin-to-skin contact.

Plaque psoriasis is the most common form, and it causes raised, dry, red patches covered in silvery scale. This type of psoriasis tends to be itchy and tender. However, there are several other types of psoriasis that can occur in various areas of the skin and nails.


Symptoms of Psoriasis

The most common symptoms of psoriasis are:

  • Red, scaly patches of thick skin
  • Dry, cracked skin that itches and may bleed
  • Small, scaly patches of skin (also known as guttate form)
  • Swollen or stiff joints
  • Burning or soreness

Each person is unique, but there are some common triggers for psoriasis flare ups, including:

  • Weather, especially if it’s cold and dry
  • Stress
  • Smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Cuts or scrapes to the skin
  • Severe sunburns
  • Infections (of the skin or otherwise)
  • Medications

Psoriasis Treatment Options at the Center for Surgical Dermatology

Psoriasis is a chronic condition with a cycle of flare ups that can last for months, followed by periods of clear skin. The goal of treatment is to manage the symptoms through lifestyle modifications and medications because, at this time, there is no permanent cure for psoriasis.

Many patients find success in managing their psoriasis symptoms with the following treatments:

  • Topical creams with active ingredients such as salicylic acid, corticosteroids, coal tar, or prescription retinoids
  • Oral and injectable medications
  • In patients who are overweight, eating a healthy diet to reduce their weight has been shown to reduce breakouts

If symptoms become widespread on the body, cause discomfort or pain in the skin or joints, or give you concern about your appearance, schedule an appointment with one of the dermatologists at the Center for Surgical Dermatology in Westerville and Gahanna. Together, we can develop a treatment plan to reduce and manage flare ups.


Psoriasis Photos

View the psoriasis photos before and after treatment below to see how our board-certified dermatologists help patients suffering from psoriasis. If this looks similar to your symptoms, please schedule an appointment with our board certified dermatologists in Westerville and Gahanna for an official diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.

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