Psoriasis is a chronic, immune-mediated inflammatory skin condition affecting approximately 2% of the population. Along with genetic factors, several environmental factors play a role in causing this condition although at this time it is not completely understood. All areas of the skin can be affected, but is usually spares the mucous membranes.
Psoriasis is no longer thought to be a skin-only condition, as it has several associated comorbidities. It has a well-documented arthritis in up to 25% of patients, and is a risk factor for metabolic complications. Call today so your advanced dermatology medical provider not only can get your skin under control, but potentially save your life!
Q: Aside from heredity, what can cause psoriasis?
A: Currently known triggers of this condition include endocrine factors (pregnancy, calcium and vitamin D levels), psychogenic stress, trauma (medically termed “Koebnerization”), infections (in particular strep throat, also HIV), and certain medications. It is important to have all of your medications available for your provider at your appointment.
Q: What associations with psoriasis should I be worried about?
A: Psoriasis is associated with several significant conditions that can affect not just quality of life, but overall life expectancy. Psoriasis-associated arthritis is debilitating and the most common comorbidity, and is different from osteoarthritis (“wear-and-tear” type). Cardiovascular disease is the most prominent association with psoriasis, due to systemic inflammation. It can lead to heart attacks amongst other problems. Liver disease is also prevalent in psoriasis patients, so controlling your condition is very important.
Q: What kinds of treatments does my advanced dermatology provider have?
A: There are a whole host of therapeutic options for your psoriasis, depending on location, symptoms and severity. Basic techniques include moisturization and a healthy lifestyle (diet, exercise, stress reduction, etc). Topical therapies (steroids, vitamin D analogues, retinoids, anthralin, coal tar, calcineurin inhibitors, β-hydroxy acids, etc) light-based options (Narrowband-UVB phototherapy or PUVA) are exteral modalities, while oral medications (Methotrexate, Cyclosporine, Soriatane, Apremilast and Tofacitinib) and injectables (Enbrel, Humira, Remicade, Stelara and several upcoming options in clinical trials) are available systemic options. Make your appointment today!