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While it seems like an external skin condition, psoriasis is essentially a chronic autoimmune disorder which results in redness and skin inflammation. The skin’s cells are mistaken to be pathogens, and they send out faulty signals which boost the growth cycle of the skin cells.

This disorder is a recurring, chronic condition that can vary in severity from localized patches that are negligible to complete body coverage. Toenails and fingernails are frequently impacted (referred to as psoriatic nail dystrophy) too.  Almost 10-30% of those with psoriasis also have psoriatic arthritis (inflammation of the joints). This condition has also linked to an increased risk of stroke.

The experienced dermatologist team at Mohave Dermatology specializes in diagnosing and treating various skin conditions such including psoriasis. This helps our patients get relief from various disruptive symptoms like itching and pain. For a holistic approach and effective psoriasis treatments, call us on our listed number or use the online form to schedule and appointment.

What Causes Psoriasis?

The exact cause of this skin condition isn’t clear, but various things are believed to cause psoriasis, such as:

  • Medical scientists and researchers know that your immune system and genetics have a significant role to play in your chances of developing psoriasis.
  • This condition is non-contagious, but it is believed to contain a genetic component. There is a possibility of local psoriatic changes being triggered by injuries to the skin referred to as the Koebner phenomenon.
  • Different types of environmental factors may aggravate the condition, such as withdrawal of systemic corticosteroid, and stress, but there isn’t sufficient statistical significance to this.

If you suffer from psoriasis, your skin cells begin to grow at an abnormal rate and start to buildup on your skin’s surface. In most cases, something triggers a psoriasis flare-up, causing painful, red, and scaly patches of skin.

The Triggers

Some common psoriasis triggers might include:

  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Certain medications
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Infections

Besides, if someone in your family has psoriasis, it increases your risk of developing this disease.

Psoriasis Treatment

There are several different types of psoriasis, which is why there is no set treatment for it. Symptoms of this condition can range from mild to very severe with sore, itchy, and burning patches of skin. If the condition becomes painful or interferes with your day-to-day activities, its best seek treatment from the experienced team at Mohave Dermatology.

We will create a tailored treatment plan to help manage your specific symptoms and control the frequency and severity of flare-ups. Depending on the form of psoriasis you have and how severe your symptoms are, the treatment plan may include:

  • Corticosteroid topical ointments and creams
  • Moisturizers
  • Diet & lifestyle modifications
  • Salicylic acid applications
  • Light therapy
  • Systemic medications for the infection

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10 Do’s and Don’ts
From Dermatologists

To help control oily skin, dermatologists recommend the following tips:

1.Apply sunscreen every day before you go outdoors.
Sunscreen is the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth. It really can slow down skin aging. It can also help prevent skin cancer. Look for a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection, SPF 30 (or higher), and water resistance. While it’s important to protect infants’ skin from the sun, the AAD recommends applying sunscreen ONLY to children who are 6 months and older.

2.Don’t smoke.
Smoking speeds up how quickly your skin ages. If you smoke, your wounds will also take longer to heal. And research shows that smoking worsens some skin diseases, including psoriasis and hidradenitis suppurativa.

3.Check your skin for skin cancer.
Skin self-exams can help you find skin cancer early when it’s highly treatable. If you notice a spot that differs from the others, or one that changes, itches, or bleeds, make an appointment to see a dermatologist.

4.Use a self-tanner if you like looking tanned.
Anytime you tan indoors or outside, you prematurely age your skin. You also increase your risk of getting skin cancer. A self-tanner can give you the look you want without the risks. To keep your skin healthy, you want to protect it from the sun even when using a self-tanner.

5.Use skin care products that match your skin’s needs.
What’s your skin type — oily, dry, normal, combination, or sensitive? Do you have a skin condition? Using products formulated for your skin’s needs will help your skin look and feel its best.

6.Resist the urge to scrub your skin clean.
If you’ve been sweating heavily or have a serious acne flare, it may seem natural to scrub your skin. Don’t! Scrubbing irritates your skin, which can worsen any skin condition, including acne.

7.Wash your face when waking, before bed, and after sweating.
Washing when you wake up removes the dirt and bacteria that settle on your face while sleeping. Before bed, you want to remove makeup and grime, such as smog, smoke, or dirt, which may have landed on your skin.

8.Gently wash your face.
Gentle cleansing helps skin look its best. To gently cleanse your face, wet it with lukewarm water. Then apply a mild cleanser, gently applying the cleanser in a circular motion with your fingertips. Finish by completely rinsing off the cleanser and gently patting your face dry with a clean towel.

9.Stress less.
Finding healthy ways to manage stress can help your skin, too. Some skin diseases like psoriasis and atopic dermatitis (eczema) often appear for the first time when someone feels really stressed. Stress can also cause flare-ups of many skin conditions, including acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.

10.See a dermatologist if you dislike something about your skin.
When it comes to our skin, dermatologists are the experts. These doctors diagnose and treat thousands of different skin diseases. They also have the expertise needed to help people safely rejuvenate and care for their skin. (taken from the American Academy of Dermatology)

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