Psoriasis symptoms can negatively impact your everyday life in a number of ways so it's important to become informed about all your treatment options. You can learn more about psoriasis and psoriasis treatment by reaching out to your New York, NY, dermatologists at Penstein Dermatology.
What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis can result in patches that form on the skin that can cause itching, somewhat like a rash, but psoriasis is a chronic condition so these so-called psoriasis patches will typically return during flare-ups.
What Are the Symptoms of Psoriasis?
Typical symptoms of psoriasis include the above-mentioned patches, these are red and inflamed patches of skin that itch and can produce a burning feeling. The skin can become dry over these patches enough to crack and bleed.
But symptoms can differ from one patient to another and can depend on the severity of flare-ups. These can manifest as large and uncomfortable patches or even as just a few flakes of skin.
You may notice psoriasis symptoms on any part of your body, but they are most common on the knees, elbows, back, and scalp.
Can It Be Cured?
Although there is no cure for psoriasis your dermatologist offers a variety of treatment options that can reduce the impact of psoriasis symptoms and help get flare-ups under control. Your doctor can also provide you with guidance about how you can avoid the triggers that cause these flare-ups.
What Causes Psoriasis?
Although the underlying cause of psoriasis is not yet known, it is not contagious, but if you have a family history of the condition you are more likely to develop it.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes your body's immune system to overreact, which results in your skin cells growing too quickly and which produces the symptoms mentioned above.
Psoriasis Treatment in New York, NY
If you are looking for relief from your psoriasis symptoms you can schedule a visit in New York, NY, with your local skin care experts of Penstein Dermatology by dialing (212) 517-5171.