Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that affects the growth of your skin cells, creating thick, scaly, itchy patches. The experienced team at Mohave Dermatology specializes in diagnosing and treating skin conditions like psoriasis. They take a holistic and patient-centered approach to care, designing plans that reduce symptoms and flare-ups. For help with your psoriasis, call the office in Las Vegas, Mesquite, or Pahrump, Nevada, or schedule an appointment online today.
Psoriasis looks like an external skin problem, but it’s an autoimmune disorder. Normally, the immune system protects you from foreign substances to keep you from getting sick. However, your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body with an autoimmune disorder.
With psoriasis, the immune system affects the skin cells, increasing the rate of skin cell production. These extra skin cells then create scaly, inflamed skin patches that most often appear on the scalp, knees, or elbows.
Psoriasis is a chronic disorder that varies in type and severity. Though most people with psoriasis have these scaly, inflamed patches — known as plaque psoriasis — the disorder may also affect the nails (psoriatic nail dystrophy) or joints (psoriatic arthritis).
Researchers are still investigating the underlying cause of psoriasis, but they theorize the skin condition is genetic. Injuries to the skin may trigger the gene that causes the autoimmune reaction.
People with psoriasis go through periods of flare-ups and remission. Some conditions may trigger these flare-ups, such as stress, infections, or lack of vitamin D. Smoking and excessive alcohol intake may also trigger a psoriasis flare.
You can expect a patient-centered exam when visiting Mohave Dermatology for a psoriasis consultation. The team asks detailed questions about your symptoms, flare-ups, and treatments so they can design a plan that works best for you.
Though they can diagnose psoriasis after a physical examination, the team may take a biopsy of your skin rash to rule out other skin conditions.
There are many treatments for psoriasis, but no single method works for all. The highly skilled team at Mohave Dermatology tailors your psoriasis treatment plan based on the type of psoriasis you have, along with the severity and frequency of your flare-ups.
Treatments that might improve your psoriasis include:
The team works closely with you, designing a plan that helps you take control of your psoriasis minimizing the frequency of your flare-ups.
For expert psoriasis care from an experienced team, call Mohave Dermatology, or schedule a consultation online today.