Psoriasis isn’t just a disease; it’s a lifestyle, say people who suffer with the red, scaly, itchy patches that can rob their self-confidence and determine where they go and what they do. David Rodriguez, MD, from Dadeland Dermatology Group in Kendall, Florida, is a psoriasis expert who can prescribe treatments that can soothe your skin and smooth your life as well.
What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is an inflammatory disease related to the immune system that causes uncontrolled skin cell growth that creates red, raised, scaly, and itchy patches on the skin. These lesions can appear anywhere there is skin, and they can burn, sting, or itch.
Genetics and your immune system influence whether or not your develop psoriasis, but the exact cause of the disease still eludes scientists. Here’s what we do know.
- Women and men develop psoriasis in equal numbers
- More than 8 million people in the U.S. have psoriasis
- Psoriasis often shows up for the first time in people between 15 and 35 years old
- Psoriasis isn’t contagious, and lesions aren’t infectious
Types of psoriasis
Five types of psoriasis exist.
This is the most common type of psoriasis characterized by red, raised patches covered by a silvery buildup of dead skin cells. Patches can crack or bleed.
This form shows up as small, polka dot lesions that can be triggered by a strep infection in children or young adults.
Inverse psoriasis is characterized by shiny, smooth lesions that appear in body folds, like under your arms or behind your knees.
This type of psoriasis involves white pustules surrounded by red skin on any part of your body, particularly the hands and feet.
This severe form of psoriasis gives rise to firey red and widespread lesions throughout the body.
How to live with psoriasis
Psoriasis doesn’t have to ruin your life. If you get the right help and make some lifestyle changes, it’s possible to keep your psoriasis under control.
Dr. Rodriguez can diagnose your psoriasis and work with you to find the best way to control the redness and itchiness that accompany the disease.
Some treatments include topicals like salicylic acid creams, corticosteroids, and special moisturizers, which reduce itching. Light therapy and medication can reduce inflammation and show cell growth.
Watch what you eat and drink
Staying at a healthy weight by eating fruits, vegetables, and lean protein can help control psoriasis and help medications do their job.
Also, drink alcohol only in moderation, because alcohol can aggravate psoriasis.
Catch some rays
Natural sunlight for a short period of time can help diminish psoriasis scales and patches in some people. The UVB type of ultraviolet light in the sun’s rays can slow skin cell growth, which reduces inflammation and scaling.
If you’re suffering from psoriasis, Dr. Rodriguez can help. Call the clinic directly at 305-250-2056, or request an appointment online.