FAQs About Psoriasis

By Dr. Lisa Silbret, MD and Dr. Alan Schechter, MD
September 02, 2022
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Psoriasis  

Psoriasis is a common condition affecting nearly 8 million people in the United States alone. This skin condition can cause scaly, rough patches of red skin. Many people suffering from the condition also suffer from joint inflammation. Live in or near Manalapan, NJ, and looking for psoriasis relief? Contact Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter.

What Is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a skin condition, although it is also associated with joint inflammation. People who suffer from psoriasis will experience large patches of red and purple skin. Often, these patches are found on the scalp, elbow, and knees. However, patches can form anywhere on your body. In fact, some folks with severe psoriasis suffer it across their entire body.

Psoriasis occurs because the skin cells in certain spots start to grow more rapidly. As of yet, doctors aren’t sure what causes the cells to grow rapidly. As the cells grow, they start to pile up, causing thick, rough red patches. When skin is growing at a normal rate, enough cells will fall off to prevent a build-up.

Who Can Get Psoriasis?

Anyone can get psoriasis but the condition most commonly first appears in people between the ages of 15 and 35. Younger children can also suffer from this condition, as can older adults. Psoriasis is not contagious and will not spread to other people.

What Are Psoriasis Risk Factors?

First, psoriasis is a hereditary condition. If one of the parents has psoriasis, children will have a roughly 10 percent chance of suffering from the condition. If both parents suffer from psoriasis, the risk jumps to 50 percent.

People who regularly consume alcohol or tobacco seem to suffer from psoriasis more frequently. The same is true for obese individuals. Stress, infections (viral and bacterial), and skin injuries may also increase the risks of psoriasis.

Want to learn more about risk factors associated with psoriasis and live in  Manalapan, NJ, or nearby? Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter would be happy to assist.

Can Medications Aggravate This Skin Condition?

Some medications seem to make psoriasis worse. Some high blood pressure medications can aggravate psoriasis. Ditto for lithium and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen. These medications may trigger psoriasis and also make existing patches worse.

How Can Psoriasis Be Treated?

Regular use of over-the-counter moisturizers can help relieve this condition. If OTC lotions and creams aren’t working, doctors can prescribe more powerful moisturizers.

Moderate amounts of sunlight and also ultraviolet light may also help. Remember, however, that overexposure to the sun and ultraviolet light can cause other problems. As such, it’s smart to talk with a doctor first.

Looking for psoriasis relief and live near Manalapan, NJ? Dial (732) 303-1500 to connect with Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter.