Psoriasis consists of raised red patches that are covered with light-colored scales on the lower back, most commonly on the knees and elbows, or on the scalp. Other varieties of psoriasis can cause small red spots, white pustules, smooth red lesions where the skin folds, and widespread redness, itching, and pain.
What Causes Psoriasis?
Scientific research indicates that psoriasis may be a disorder that causes our immune system to over-react and rapidly accelerate the production of skin cells. Instead of growing normally and being replaced every month, the cells may mature in as little as three days and pile up on the surface of the skin. Genetics may also play a role, and injuries to the skin, stress, sunburn trauma and other events may lead to an outbreak as well.
What Are The Symptoms of Psoriasis?
In addition to the visible signs listed above, psoriasis can cause discomfort (itching or pain) but very mild cases may remain unnoticed. Embarrassment about appearance is also a common reason for treatment.
How Is Psoriasis Treated at the Westchester Center for Dermatology?
After a careful examination – by our certified dermatologists in Scarsdale – to determine the type and severity of the psoriasis, treatment options may include creams or lotions, phototherapy that may utilize UV lights, or certain prescribed medications. Since no one treatment is best for everyone, the treatment that provides you with the most relief with the fewest side effects is our goal.
Contact us for a consultation today for treatment for psoriasis.