Elias Dermatology offers psoriasis treatment in Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, around 7.5 million Americans suffer from psoriasis. This is a serious disease that affects this skin. It also affects joints, finger and toe nails, and soft tissue. Elias Dermatology treats those who suffer from psoriasis in Fort Lauderdale and Pembroke Pines.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that affects the skin. The disease arises when skin cells multiply uncontrollably. In the most severe cases, skin cells multiply up to 10 times faster than normal skin cells. Underlying skin cells are pushed to the surface and die. This causes an unsightly and irritating rash.
The symptoms include a patchy red rash with white ‘scales.’ It starts out as a few red bumps, but soon the patches grow together. The rashes may be susceptible to bleeding easily. Sometimes it is associated with painful swelling in the joints. Other symptoms include crusting, tenderness, and thickened nails.
Generally, people’s scalps, elbows, knees, and lower back are more likely to be affected. Your entire skin might experience this redness, however. The disease usually manifests on someone between the ages of 15-35, but children and the elderly may see it as well. Only a dermatologist should diagnose this.
What Causes Psoriasis?
First and foremost, it is important to understand that psoriasis is not contagious. You cannot get psoriasis by touching the affected area of someone who has the disease.
There is no single known cause of psoriasis. Genes and heredity might play an important part in causing the disease. Having a family member with psoriasis increases your risk by as much as 50%. Despite this, psoriasis can occur in people who have no family history with the disease, and there is no evidence to suggest that having a family member with the disease guarantees you will have it.
There are certain conditions that have been known to exacerbate the disease. Chronic stress, excessive alcohol consumption, and obesity are correlated with the disease. HIV may cause the disease to become worse, and in some cases, psoriasis occurs after strep throat. Taking certain medications may increase the risk of getting psoriasis.
Is There a Cure for Psoriasis?
Treatment for psoriasis focuses on clearing the skin of current symptoms. The intent is to interrupt the abnormal cycle currently causing an increased production of skin cells. There are three ways this result can be achieved: topical treatment, oral medication, and light therapies. A combination of any or all of the three may help alleviate the symptoms.
Dr. Merrick Elias and Dr. Matthew Elias strive to help patients with psoriasis by taking every step necessary to find the best approach. We utilize the latest technology to ensure that patients are comfortable and satisfied with their psoriasis treatment plans.
Come visit us in our offices, conveniently located in Fort Lauderdale and Pembroke Pines for psoriasis treatment today.