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What Causes Psoriasis?

If you have red, scaly, itchy patches on your skin, it could be more than just a rash. You could have psoriasis, an autoimmune condition. Our dermatologist can help. Dr. Michael Gold and Dr. Chris Robb at Gold Skin Care Center in Nashville, TN, provide a wide range of cosmetic and medical dermatology services, including diagnosis and treatment of psoriasis.

What You Need To Know About Psoriasis

Psoriasis develops due to autoimmune factors which cause you to produce excess skin cells too rapidly. The excess skin cells cause red, scaly, itchy patches to form. You may notice psoriasis patches forming on your scalp, elbows, and knees. A psoriasis outbreak can be triggered by various environmental factors, including:

  • Experiencing stress
  • Suffering from an illness
  • Having a skin injury
  • Excessive sun exposure
  • Excessive cold or dry weather exposure
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol
  • Experiencing hormonal changes

Psoriasis is categorized by severity, and how much of your body is affected. Treatment varies according to the type of psoriasis you have. Consider:

Mild psoriasis, which affects less than 3% of your body. Treatment options your dermatologist may recommend include:

  • Over-the-counter or prescription moisturizing creams, shampoos, or bath treatments
  • Topical steroid medications to reduce itch and slow skin cell growth
  • Light or laser therapy to help eliminate psoriasis patches

Moderate psoriasis, which affects 3% to 10% of your body. Treatment options your dermatologist may recommend include:

  • Prescription-strength oral medications including cyclosporine and methotrexate, lower the production of skin cells and reduce inflammation
  • Light therapy using natural sunlight, lasers, or phototherapy to help eliminate psoriasis patches

Severe psoriasis, which affects over 10% of your body. Treatment options your dermatologist may recommend include:

  • Biologic drugs that help to suppress the immune system
  • Light therapy using natural sunlight, lasers, or phototherapy to help eliminate psoriasis patches

Want To Know More?

To find out more about the causes, signs, symptoms, and treatment of psoriasis and how our dermatologist can help, call Dr. Michael Gold and Dr. Chris Robb at Gold Skin Care Center in Nashville, TN. You can reach them in the office by calling (615) 383-2400, so call today.