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You’re Not Alone: Psoriasis Diagnosis & Treatment

If you think that you may have psoriasis, you’re not alone. In recent years, some celebrities with psoriasis have begun to share their stories and struggles with this chronic immune system condition that causes skin to become inflamed, producing red, white, or silvery patches and may also be associated with arthritis symptoms. Kim Kardashian, Phil Mickelson, LeAnn Rimes, Cara Delevingne, Cyndi Lauper, Jon Lovitz and Art Garfunkel all battle psoriasis and learned to cope.

Social media icon and reality TV star Kim Kardashian has documented her challenges with psoriasis on Twitter and her show Keeping Up With the Kardashians. In what seemed to happen overnight, pro golfer Phil Mickelson felt intense pain in his joints and tendons, hindering him from even walking. He sought medical attention quickly, which is important to protect joints, tendons and muscle from damage. For singer LeAnn Rimes who was diagnosed at 2 years old, at one point psoriasis covered 80 percent of her body. Rimes kept her condition a secret for most of her career, but diet, exercise, and working with a dermatologist have helped her manage her symptoms. Model Cara Delevingne has shared her struggles with psoriasis as well and how it affected her career.

If you or someone you care about may be suffering, here’s what how we can diagnosis and treat the condition.

Diagnosis

As we mentioned, psoriasis can develop at any age. The symptoms may look like many other skin diseases, making it difficult to diagnose by just looking at it. Typically, a biopsy or skin scraping must be taken and examined by a dermatologist to effectively diagnose psoriasis.

Treatment Options

While there is no cure for psoriasis today, there are treatments available that can usually clear up the symptoms. The goal of treatment is to stop the skin cell overgrowth that leads to plaque formation and inflammation.

Treatment options include:

  • Topical medications, including corticosteroids, topical retinoids and vitamin D derivatives
  • Oral medications
  • Phototherapy and lasers

Treatment plans depend on the following and may include one or more options:

  • Type of psoriasis
  • Location (scalp, trunk, hands feet, etc.)
  • Severity of the condition
  • Results of previous treatments
  • Ease or convenience of treatment
  • Possible side effects

Since some treatments work better for some patients than others, be prepared to try more than one option. If you think you may have psoriasis, please call our office to schedule an appointment.

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