Are you frustrated with patches of dry skin on your body? Do you feel embarrassed by the build-up of the collection of flaky skin? A dermatologist may be able to help you. Contact us today at the Dermatology Center of the Rockies and schedule your consultation with our team! Our offices are located in Estes Park, CO, and Longmont, CO.
What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that results in patches of flaky dry skin. These patches are often itchy or burn, and they give the skin a scaly appearance.
Some common areas affected by psoriasis:
While these are areas that frequently experience the symptoms of this skin condition, it can truly affect and appear on any area of the body.
What Affects Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is caused by the immune system sending faulty signals that cause skin to grow too quickly. Since the skin grows too rapidly, the body is unable to shed the excess skin cells, causing them to pile up and form patches.
There are five different types of this skin condition – erythrodermic, inverse, guttate, plaque, and pustular.
Each of these variations of this skin condition exhibit symptoms differently, but the most common form is plaque psoriasis.
This condition is chronic, but flares can be triggered by a variety of factors, such as:
- Bad sunburn
- Certain medications
- Cuts or scratches
- Dry or cold weather
- Strep throat
- Stressful events
While these types of conditions can cause outbreaks, psoriasis is not contagious. It is a genetic condition, meaning the only way to develop these patches of excess skin cells are to actually inherit or develop the gene.
What Are My Treatment Options?
Psoriasis is not a curable skin condition, but there are treatment options available to make the condition manageable. Common treatment options to reduce the appearance of these patches of dry skin include injectable medications, oral medications, phototherapy, or topical steroid treatments. Results from all options will vary.
A consultation with our team in Colorado is the best way to understand psoriasis and what treatment options would best benefit you. Each person’s skin is different, and there are multiple types of psoriasis, so it is important to collaborate with a member of our team to develop the treatment plan that works best for you.
Schedule Your Consultation!
Interested in learning more about psoriasis? Contact us today at the Dermatology Center of the Rockies and schedule your consultation! We proudly serve you from our offices in Estes Park and Longmont, Colorado. Our team is dedicated to answering your questions and helping you feel your best!