Psoriasis is a very common chronic, inflammatory, autoimmune disease of the skin that is notorious for creating social discomfort and embarrassment. It affects one to 3 percent of the US population and is characterized by symptoms such as pain, in the areas of the thick, dry, red skin lesions develop and in some cases silvery scales are formed. Psoriasis can affect anyone, however, more women are diagnosed than men and it is found most often to appear in late teens and early adulthood. If you are fall within this category, you should be aware of your susceptibility and if psoriasis is anywhere in your family history.
Psoriasis is caused by defective signals involved in cell growth. The immune system alerts the skin and it results in a piling up of skin cells which form their characteristic plaques. It is not contagious and is most frequently seem on the head, groin, elbows, and knees. Nails and joints may also be affected, but it is important to note that psoriasis can occur anywhere on the body. Without treatment, joints can become malformed to the extent that it can limit movement and cause significant pain.
Psoriasis can be treated with strong topical steroids or oral medications, as well as light or laser therapy. Psoriasis cannot be cured but it can be successfully managed. Photodynamic therapy or light therapy involves exposing the skin to ultraviolet light on a regular basis under controlled medical supervisions. The UVB rays are effective because they penetrate the skin and slow the growth of affected skin cells. An excimer laser is another specially designed laser that can produce ultraviolet radiation at a precise wavelength that is used to treat stubborn psoriasis such as plaques that develop on the elbow or knee.
Dermatologists such as Dr. Cameron Rokhsar can diagnose and treat more than 3,000 diseases including skin, cancer eczema, acne and psoriasis. A consultation with Dr. Rokhsar can provide assured results and treatment plans that best fit the patient’s condition and skin type. With offices located in New York City and Garden City, Long Island, Dr. Rokhsar can provide an exceptional expertise due to his experience with using laser treatments.