When you suffer from psoriasis symptoms, your body is on overdrive, producing new skin cells before you can shed the old ones. As the cells pile up on the surface of your skin, they set the framework for thick, red scaly patches – or plaques – that can itch and burn. Worse, the sting from stares and the misunderstanding about your condition can impact your self-esteem, causing you to hide under long sleeves and ditch your dresses or shorts.
Psoriasis is an immune disorder that ignites inflammation in different areas of the body. Our white blood cells, or T-cells, are always ready to fight off bacteria and viruses. However, when someone is diagnosed with psoriasis, those immune fighters go off course and start targeting the body’s healthy skin cells, which alerts the body to speed up its cell production. If old cells aren’t given the time to shed, these extra skin cells have nowhere to go and start building on top of each other.
While psoriasis flare-ups can occur without warning, they can be triggered by infections, stress and temperature changes. You may not be able to eliminate your risk of psoriasis causes, but you can help reduce it by following good habits and taking extra steps to protect yourself from germs and viruses.
With years of experience and knowledge of the latest advancements in psoriasis treatment, Dr. Cobb can help you find relief from the pain, itching and embarrassment of psoriasis symptoms. Contact Cobb Dermatology & Aesthetics in Lynchburg at 434-947-5321 today to schedule your psoriasis consultation.