Cahaba Dermatology: Psoriasis Treatment Birmingham
The signs of psoriasis may be all too familiar for you. The scaliness. The itchiness. Maybe it’s been a constant since your teens or has just popped up in the last few months. Anyway you look at it, psoriasis is anything but pleasant. But relief’s not just a far-off hope: it can be a present reality. Look no further than Cahaba Dermatology for proven psoriasis treatment—and skin free from plaques and patches.
What Exactly Is Psoriasis?
While the symptoms may be more than clear to you, the reasons behind your psoriasis may not be as obvious.
But what is psoriasis? The skin disorder’s origins can seem somewhat murky—because it still (kind of) is. With psoriasis, skin cells multiply at a rate that’s staggering: sometimes up to 10 times quicker than normal. This results in the skin building up with layers of dead skin cells, leading to red, bumpy patches topped with white scales.
While any part of the body can develop psoriasis, it has a penchant to crop up on the scalp, knees, elbows, and lower back. Sometimes symptoms are rarely noticeable, with signs being but a small trace; hardly visible. Other times, in more severe cases, the plaques and patches can break and bleed, causing even more discomfort and pain.
As far as the reason behind the rash, that’s still a little cloudy—but most experts chalk it up to a combination of factors. Psoriasis has been linked back to genetics, and immune system issues may also play a role. Even though it seems to run in families, the disorder may skip a generation, affecting the grandparent and grandchild, rather than the parent in between. Psoriasis does not have a contagious component, and can’t be spread through skin-to-skin contact with another person. It’s also not tied to allergies.
When Does Psoriasis Show Up?
Psoriasis can affect people of all ages, but tends to show up in the late teens or during midlife in a person’s 50s. The disorder seems not to discriminate in adults, as both men and women share about the same representation. But, when present in children, psoriasis does show up more often in girls than boys.
Are There Different Kinds of Psoriasis?
Yes, psoriasis can present itself in different forms. These include:
Plaque psoriasis, which shows up as red-colored plaques on the skin, covered with white scales. The patches may itch and can vary in size.
Pustular psoriasis, a kind of psoriasis characterized by pus-filled bumps on the palms or soles of feet. If this extends to the whole body, emergency medical treatment should be sought immediately.
Guttate psoriasis, which is typified by small, red spots on the body, often times the arms and legs. This kind can follow an illness.
Inverse psoriasis, a psoriasis that includes redness, but shows a change in texture: being smooth and raw to the touch. It’s common where skin folds occur, such as under the arms and near the groin.
Exfoliative psoriasis, which gives off an appearance of burnt skin. The skin turns bright red and starts to ratchet up in temperature. Itching and pain also show up in symptoms, along with a heightened heartbeat. This branch of psoriasis calls for immediate medical treatment.
How Is Psoriasis Treated?
Many treatment options exist for psoriasis, especially at Cahaba Dermatology. We specialize in a variety of treatments that work to improve psoriasis patches—and even clear them up for a time. Some of our psoriasis treatments involve:
Biologic Therapy. Biologics take a drug-based approach to remedy psoriasis. They do this by suppressing a part of the immune system key to psoriasis’ development. They are given by injection in-office or at home.
UVB Phototherapy. A tried-and-true method for treating psoriasis, phototherapy utilizes UVA and UVB lights to eliminate psoriasis. Phototherapy excels at total body treatment for cases widespread on the skin.
Pharos Laser Therapy. FDA-approved, the Pharos excimer laser provides next-generation psoriasis treatment, which is not the sole skin disease it treats. It also can help with vitiligo, as well as other problems involving skin discoloration. Carefully calibrated to the correct wavelength, the laser precisely eliminates psoriatic patches safely.
Topical Therapy. In addition to the more extensive measures outlined above, topical treatments may prove excellent supplements in helping improve psoriatic skin. At Cahaba Dermatology, we believe in a tailored treatment plan that accounts for your specific skin needs, supported by dermatologist-backed science.
Schedule An Appointment
Psoriasis may have seemed like a constant before. But that doesn’t have to be the case. You no longer have to suffer through psoriasis; relief is possible at Cahaba Dermatology. Our dermatologist-driven team will find the right mix of treatments and medications to improve your skin condition, with little in the way of side effects. We offer specialized, custom treatment plans for people with psoriasis in Birmingham, AL and the surrounding areas. Contact us online, through our patient portal, or by phone at 205-214-7546 to make your appointment.