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By Dr. Lisa Silbret, MD and Dr. Alan Schechter, MD
June 23, 2021
Category: Skin Treatment
Tags: Psoriasis  

Appearing as thick patches of red itchy skin, what may initially seem like a passing rash can be, in fact, psoriasis. It is a chronic condition that is unfortunately without a cure, but it can be managed by lifestyle changes, over-the-counter medication, and with the help of prescription medication and other treatments when necessary. To learn more about psoriasis and how you can live comfortably with the condition reach out to Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter in Manalapan, NJ.

Symptoms

There are different types of psoriasis but plaque psoriasis is the most common. Named after the hardened patches, or plaques, of skin that manifest usually on the elbows, knees, and scalp. These are often itchy, inflamed, and red in appearance. Symptoms aren't always present, they can subside for long periods, giving the impression that the condition has subsided. Although without a cure, proper management can mean longer periods free of many of these symptoms.

Causes

Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes the body to attack skin cells as if they were foreign bacteria. As a result, skin cells counter by increasing production, creating the known symptoms. It is not a condition that can be transmitted from person to person, meaning it is not contagious. A genetic predisposition may be to blame, but not all who possess it suffer from psoriasis, hinting at other factors playing a role.

Triggers

Managing psoriasis means managing the triggers that cause the flare-ups. Heavy alcohol use has been known to trigger the condition, as well as stress and certain medications. You can speak with your doctor for resources to help with stress and alcohol abuse, as well as with medication that could be causing flare-ups to find out if alternatives are available. Injuries and infections can also bring about your psoriasis symptoms.

Psoriasis Treatment in Manalapan, NJ

If you suspect psoriasis may be to blame for your skin condition, coming into the office for an examination and a diagnosis is an important first step. Besides helping you to avoid triggers, your doctor can also help with prescription medication, topical treatments, and light therapy to further fight your psoriasis symptoms.

Book an appointment today with Dr. Silbret and Dr. Schechter in Manalapan, NJ, by dialing (732) 303-1500.

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
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!