Psoriasis is a persistent skin disorder in which there are red, thickened areas with silvery scales, most often on the scalp, elbows, knees and lower back. Some cases, of psoriasis are so mild that people don’t know they have it. Severe psoriasis may cover large areas of the body and patients may experience significant physical discomfort and disability.
Psoriasis is not contagious and cannot be passed from one person to another but it is most likely to occur in members of the same family. In the United States, two out of every hundred people have psoriasis (four to five million people). There are approximately 150,000 new cases that occur each year. The cause is unknown however recent discoveries point to an abnormality in the functioning of special white cells (T-Cells) which trigger inflammation and the immune response in the skin. Because of the inflammation, the skin grows too rapidly. Normally, the skin replaces itself in about 30 days but in psoriasis, the process speeds up and replaces the skin in three to four days and the signs of psoriasis develop. People often notice new spots 10 to 14 days after the skin is cut, scratched, rubbed or severely sunburned (Koebner Phenomenon). Psoriasis can also be activated by infections, such as strep throat and by certain medicines (beta blockers, lithium, etc.) Flare-ups sometimes occur in the winter, as a result of dry skin and lack of sunlight.
The good news is that Psoriasis can successfully be treated with the proper medical assistance.
Professionals at Skinworks will work closely with you to design a treatment regimen to suit your needs.
We offer several treatments including the prescription and application of Cortisone-based medications, synthetic vitamin D, tar, anthralin, oral treatment, injectable biologics and laser therapy.