Psoriasis Treatments

Feel Comfortable in Your Skin

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.

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While psoriasis is not curable, with the right treatment plan, it can go into remission. As a leading psoriasis doctor in Lynchburg, Dr. Carrie Cobb helps patients throughout Central Virginia manage their flares with dermatologic psoriasis therapies that can include topical medications, such as steroids and retinoid gels, injections, oral medications, or laser treatments. In addition, she can recommend action steps you can take to reduce your risk of an outbreak.

Why Am I Experiencing Psoriasis Symptoms?

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.

Am I at Risk for Skin Cancer?

Psoriasis can affect all areas of the body, including the scalp, face, skin folds, hands and nails, and legs. The most common forms of psoriasis that can be treated medically include:
  • Plaque psoriasis – Plaque psoriasis shows up on the skin as raised, red lesions covered with silver scales. Flare-ups commonly occur on the elbows, knees, back, and scalp. Most than 80% of those diagnosed with psoriasis live with plaques.
  • Guttate psoriasis – The small, red scales of guttate psoriasis that appear on the arms, legs or torso are often triggered by a bacterial infection, such as strep throat. This type of psoriasis typically affects young adults and children, and in most cases, is a one-time issue.
  • Inverse psoriasis – Inverse psoriasis affects the skin folds on the body, especially under the breasts, under the arms or in the genital area, causing inflamed, smooth patches of deep-red skin that worsen with friction and sweating. It’s most often caused by a fungal infection.
  • Pustular psoriasis – The symptoms of pustular psoriasis include painful, pus-filled lesions that are surrounded by inflamed skin. These bumps most often appear on the palms of your hands or soles of your feet.
  • Erythrodermic psoriasis – Though extremely rare, erythrodermic psoriasis can cover your skin with a burning, red rash that sheds in large sheets. Because the condition affects the whole body, it can increase your heart rate and temperature and lead to dehydration, all of which can be life-threatening.

Find Relief From Psoriasis Today

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.

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