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By Dr. Lisa Silbret, MD and Dr. Alan Schechter, MD
March 10, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Psoriasis  

Psoriasis is a genetic skin condition associated with periodic flare-ups in which red patches and white, flaky scales appear on the skin. Although psoriasis cannot be completely cured, there are treatments available that can provide relief from its symptoms. Here at the Manalapan, NJ, office of cosmetic dermatologists Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter, we offer a number of psoriasis treatment options to help patients' skin—read on to learn more.

Psoriasis Flare-Ups

Psoriasis can affect both children and adults of all ages, although it's symptoms usually first appear sometime between fifteen and thirty-five years of age. Once symptoms occur, chronic flare-ups are experienced throughout a person’s life. Flare-ups are associated with the appearance of red patches on the skin, as well as white, flaky scales. Some factors that can trigger a psoriasis flare-up include stress, the weather, skin injuries, allergic reactions to medications, and diet.

Psoriasis flare-ups often occur when the immune system is overactive and causes the growth cycle of skin cells to accelerate. The body is unable to shed old skin cells fast enough to keep up with the production of new skin cells. As skin cells build up, red patches and white, flaky scales develop. Psoriasis symptoms can appear anywhere on the body but are most common on the trunk, elbows, and knees.

Types of Psoriasis

There are five different types of psoriasis. The treatment method that will deliver the best results can depend on the type of psoriasis. The experienced cosmetic dermatologists at our office in Manalapan, NJ, can determine what type of psoriasis you have and recommend an appropriate treatment option. The five types of psoriasis include:

  • Plaque Psoriasis
  • Guttate Psoriasis
  • Inverse Psoriasis
  • Pustular Psoriasis
  • Erythrodermic Psoriasis

Treatments for Psoriasis

A variety of options are available for treating psoriasis. For mild-to-moderate psoriasis symptoms, several over-the-counter products are effective and include bath solutions, special moisturizers, and anti-itch lotions and creams. Also effective for treating mild-to-moderate psoriasis are various prescription topical treatments that either slow down or control skin cell growth. Topical steroids can be used to reduce inflammation and swelling.

Another option for treating psoriasis is light therapy or phototherapy, which utilizes UVA or UVB rays to clear up affected skin. This type of treatment can be used for mild-to-moderate cases, as well as moderate-to-severe. Moderate-to-severe cases of psoriasis can also be treated with biologics and oral medications. Biologics are administered by injection and work by suppressing an overactive immune system, which should slow down the growth of new skin cells.
 

Contact Us

If you are struggling with psoriasis, the cosmetic dermatologists at our office in Manalapan, NJ, can recommend the right treatments for you. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Silbret or Dr. Schechter, call our office at (732) 303-1500.

By Dr. Lisa Silbret, MD and Dr. Alan Schechter, MD
December 23, 2019
Category: Dermatology

Getting a simple annual skin cancer screening could protect you from melanoma.

Melanoma is one of the most serious and deadly forms of skin cancer; fortunately, while this is certainly scary to hear, melanoma is also easily treatable if it is detected early. Here at the Manalapan, NJ, office of dermatologists Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter, we offer simple, non-invasive skin cancer screenings to patients of all ages. Read on to learn how this simple screening could save your life!

Getting Screened for Skin Cancer

Unlike other forms of cancer that start inside the body and aren’t visible, skin cancer can easily be detected through a simple skin cancer screening, whether that be a self-exam at home, or during an appointment at our Manalapan office.

Once a year, everyone should receive a full-body skin exam. Those at an increased risk for skin cancer should talk to their doctor about how often they should come in for screenings. If you’ve never seen a dermatologist for a skin cancer screening, it’s high time you did.

During a screening, our dermatologist will examine all parts of your body, from your scalp to your bra line to the soles of your feet (even between your toes). This exam only takes a few minutes and is completely non-invasive. If our dermatologist does find something, you will likely require further testing.

Risk Factors for Skin Cancer

You may be at an increased risk for developing skin cancer if,

  • You have fair skin
  • You have light hair and eyes
  • You have freckles
  • You have a family history of skin cancer (both melanoma and non-melanoma)
  • You’ve experienced sunburns in the past
  • You’ve used tanning beds
  • You’ve had excessive exposure to UV light (e.g. you work outside)

Skin Cancer Treatments

If our Manalapan skin doctor does detect skin cancer, there are many ways to treat this problem. The type of treatment will depend on the type of skin cancer and whether it has spread or not. Common skin cancer treatments include,

  • Surgery: one of the most common types of surgeries is Mohs surgery, which can be used to treat both melanoma and non-melanoma lesions. Mohs surgery is a more conservative surgical procedure that is performed on areas like the face that require maximum healthy tissue preservation.
  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Targeted therapy

Your dermatologist will discuss your different skin cancer treatment options and create a treatment plan that will offer the highest success rate for curing your condition.

Concerned? Give Us a Call

If you’ve never received a professional skin cancer screening, it’s time that you did. Call our Manalapan, NJ, office today at (732) 303-1500 to schedule this important screening.