What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease that triggers the body to produce an excess of skin cells. Some patients have short-term flare-ups while others continuously deal with the problem. Symptoms often include redness, inflammation, scaly patches, irritation, and even pain.
Psoriasis can be straightforward to diagnose, but a dermatology provider at Levy Dermatology can perform a thorough skin exam or biopsy if needed in order to properly diagnose your condition. While it can’t be cured, psoriasis is treatable and manageable.
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How Can I Treat Psoriasis?
Whether you have mild or severe psoriasis, we have a variety of options to control your outbreak. We’ll help you tackle large patches of psoriasis and small bumps alike.
After your extensive skin exam, your Levy Dermatology provider may prescribe you a topical anti-inflammatory or an oral medication. In some cases, an injectable medication may be the best option. Certain laser treatments may help remove the appearance of psoriasis bumps.
Is Psoriasis Preventable?
Psoriasis is usually a genetic condition, so there’s not much that can be done to prevent someone from getting psoriasis. However, psoriasis is manageable and there are factors that can help prevent flare-ups. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating a nutritional diet, exercising, and seeing your Levy Dermatology provider regularly can help manage the inflammation.