What is psoriasis and how can I treat it?

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a condition that impacts over 8 million Americans. It is a condition that is triggered by the immune system and is highly genetic. However, its specific cause is unknown. Psoriasis flareups result in the development of extra skin cells in a specific area of the body, which causes a buildup of psoriasis lesions. The condition is not contagious but can make many patients feel embarrassed or self-conscious about their appearance. Patients no longer have to hide their skin due to psoriasis when they work with the team of Florida Academic Dermatology Center to treat it.

Obtaining a proper diagnosis of psoriasis

A dermatologist such as Dr. Francisco Kerdel of Coral Gables, FL can provide patients with a proper diagnosis of their condition to move forward with treatment. There are no specific tests or tools used to diagnose this condition. In most cases, psoriasis is diagnosed with a physical evaluation of the lesions. There are different types of psoriasis, so deciding the variety will also aid in determining the best treatment. Types of psoriasis commonly seen include:

  • Plaque psoriasis
  • Guttate psoriasis
  • Inverse psoriasis
  • Pustular psoriasis
  • Erythrodermic psoriasis

Psoriasis can develop anywhere on the face and body, and flare-ups can result in cracking, blistering, and painful skin. By seeking a diagnosis, patients can improve their overall quality of life, especially if they have been dealing with psoriasis for many, many years.

What treatments are available for psoriasis?

There are a variety of ways in which psoriasis can be treated, depending on the severity of the condition and the cooperation and lifestyle of the patient. here are just a few of the methods of treatment that are available at our practice:

  • Topical creams and prescriptions
  • Phototherapy
  • Injectable medications
  • Oral medications
  • Dietary supplements
  • Special diets and alternative medicines

Take charge of your psoriasis today!

With continued improvements in medicine, patients with psoriasis now have a variety of options to choose from when it comes to treatment. If you live in the area of Coral Gables, FL and are interested in working with a dedicated provider that can assist with this and other skin disorders, contact Dr. Francisco Kerdel and associates at Florida Academic Dermatology Center. Call (305) 324-2110 for an appointment at our practice, conveniently located at 475 Biltmore Way, Ste. 207.

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