When a person has healthy skin, it is smooth, even textured and supple. Healthy skin rejuvenates itself by frequently repairing minor damage done to it. Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects many people. It alters the life cycle of the skin cells. With this condition, cells build up so fast on the skin surface that extra skin cells make thick, silver scales. These scales itch, they are red, they can hurt and they are dry patches.
Psoriasis is defined as a chronic disease. This means it is a disease that lasts for a long period of time. The symptoms may go into remission. There may be times when a psoriasis sufferer sees their symptoms disappear altogether only to have them come back a short while later.
Unfortunately, medical science has not found a cure for psoriasis. However, there are some treatments available that can give you a measure of relief. In addition to treatments, there are some changes that people can make in their lifestyle, such as minimizing their skin’s exposure to sunlight, that may cause their symptoms to get better.
The symptoms of psoriasis are different from one person to the next. In many cases, they include red patches of skin or skin that is covered with silver scales.
Children can have small scaling spots on their skin. Both adults and children with psoriasis battle with skin that cracks, that is dry and that bleeds. It is common for psoriasis sufferers to comment on how their skin burns, how it itches and how it is a sore. In addition to the effect it has on the skin, this condition can leave you with sick or pitted nails, or it can leave you with swollen and stiff joints.
Psoriasis is a disease with a wide range of intensities. You might just have some small, dandruff-like spots on certain parts of your body, or you could have huge eruptions that cover large patches of your skin. Regardless of the type you have, it is usually cyclical. It will be there for a while and then it will go into remission.
The only way to accurately diagnose psoriasis is to see a qualified medical professional. It is imperative that you visit Dr. Yeoman’s Dermatology Office if you feel that your condition is inhibiting your ability to carry out routine tasks, if it so drastically affects the appearance of your skin that it is causing self-esteem issues or if you have joint pain or swelling.
There is no cure for psoriasis. However, treatments are available that can make your skin look and feel smoother. Dr. Yeoman’s Dermatology Office has offices in Poplar Bluff and Paragould. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more.