Dr. Reuel Aspacio of Summerlin Dermatology in Las Vegas, NV assists patients with the treatment and ongoing management of psoriasis. This is a chronic skin condition that occurs when skin cells grow too rapidly. Psoriasis causes flaky, red, silvery patches of skin that can become inflamed, itchy, scaly, and crusty. Normal skin cells turn over and flake about once a month or every four weeks. Sufferers of psoriasis have skin cells that build up quickly and form what is known as plaques. They can range in size and location on the body, forming on the elbows, hands, knees, scalp, and lower back. If you need help in identifying your type of psoriasis, call our Las Vegas office to schedule an appointment.
"This is the most professional and friendly doctor's office I have seen west of the Mississippi. The staff is patient and helpful, friendly, and doesn't make you feel like you are bothering them. My daughter was treated for her psoriasis and was in and out in 15 minutes with samples in hand and a lab test authorization in hand. The return visit was just as warm and friendly and another 15 minute visit this time with more samples and prescription on its way by mail. Not to mention it is next to Nothing Bundt Cakes and Le Belle Terre so if you do have to wait, you have good food to occupy your time!"- E.S. / Yelp / Aug 16, 2013
The primary cause of psoriasis hasn't been pinpointed by doctors. The overall idea is that the immune system overreacts, which causes inflammation as well as flaking of the skin. It's also believed that psoriasis can be inherited. Approximately 1/3 of people who have psoriasis have one or more family members with the condition. Scientists believe that certain genes interact with each other which leads to psoriasis. However, you must inherit the right combination of genes and then get exposed to a trigger. Symptoms can appear after a trigger event like a stressful occasion, medication reaction, dry weather, or a bad sunburn.
Prevalent symptoms associated with psoriasis include raised, bright, red patches of skin that are covered with loose and silvery scales. Plaques can also appear in the same area on both sides of your body, such as on both knees and/or both elbows. Your scalp can experience anything from mild scaling to areas of thick, crusted plaques. Itching is common before flare-ups, especially when psoriatic patches appear in body folds under the buttocks or breasts. Tiny areas of skin bleeding can occur when scales are picked or scraped off. This is known as Auspitz sign.
There are many different forms of psoriasis. One kind, called plaque psoriasis, is the most commonly experienced. While most cases of psoriasis are considered mild, some are difficult to treat and can require many treatments throughout a patient's life. It is also important to note that psoriasis isn't contagious and can't be spread from person to person. Once it is diagnosed, it is a matter of managing the symptoms so that flare-ups can be minimized.
While there is no cure for psoriasis, there are a variety of treatments available to treat the condition depending on the severity and type of psoriasis that you have. Mild cases can be treated with prescription lotions, creams, and ointments. When your scalp is affected, shampoos, sprays, and oils can be used. Systemic medications are prescription drugs that are taken orally or by injection, and work throughout the body. They are typically used on individuals with moderate to severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. In addition, advancements in laser therapy have provided huge improvements for many psoriasis cases. Using phototherapy to expose a patient's skin to a special ultraviolet light helps reduce symptoms.
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Psoriasis can be painful and embarrassing, making it difficult for you to carry out simple tasks in your everyday life. If this is the case in your situation, we encourage you to reach out to Summerlin Dermatology at your earliest convenience. During a consultation with Dr. Aspacio, your condition can be assessed and a treatment plan customized to help make your symptoms more tolerable, and your quality of life better.