Helping You Deal With Your Psoriasis Symptoms

By Dr. Lisa Silbret, MD and Dr. Alan Schechter, MD
May 28, 2019
Category: Dermatologist
Tags: Psoriasis  

Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red patches all over a person's body, especially on the elbows and knees. Luckily, Drs. Lisa Silbret and Alan Schechter have experience dealing with this condition and can help you at their Manalapan, NJ, office!

More About Psoriasis:

According to your Manalapan dermatologists, "psoriasis affects as many as 7.5 million people in the United States," and approximately 20,000 are children under the age of 10.

Psoriasis causes red patchy skin that have white, flaky scales. People experience their first flare-up between the ages of 15 and 35, and after that, they will continue to experience these flare-ups and remissions throughout the rest of their lives.

People affected by psoriasis are at greater risk for several other health conditions, as well, including:

  • heart disease
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • diabetes
  • hypertension
  • cancer
  • depression
  • obesity
  • other immune-related conditions
  • stress
  • injury to the skin
  • medication allergies

 

Types of Psoriasis:

  • Plaque Psoriasis: Inflamed, scaly red lesions that appear on a person's elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back.
  • Guttate Psoriasis: Small red dot-like spots that appear on a person's limbs. This condition most frequently impacts children and young adults.
  • Inverse Psoriasis: These smooth and shiny bright red lesions manifest on a person's armpits, groin, breasts, and buttocks.
  • Pustular Psoriasis: These pus-filled white blisters are surrounded by red skin and appear all over the body.
  • Erythrodermic Psoriasis: This variation is characterized by red skin that covers large areas of the body, before eventually shedding off in white sheets.
  • Treatment:

    Over-the-Counter Medications:

  • Moisturizers that lubricate the skin and reduce redness/itchiness
  • Bath solutions that remove scales and relieve itchiness
  • Anti-itch treatment like calamine lotion or hydrocortisone creams
  • Prescription Topical Treatments

  • Anthralin to reduce skin cell growth
  • Calcitriol is an active vitamin that reduces skin cell production
  • Tazarotene, a retinoid that also slows down cell growth
  • Steroids that reduce the inflammation, swelling, and redness of lesions
  • Calcipotriene or Betamethasone Dipropionate to flatten lesions and remove scales
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    Questions:

    If you would like more information about psoriasis, call your cosmetic dermatologists in Manalapan, NJ, at (732) 303-1500 today!

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