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Posted by Century Medical & Dental Center on 05/25/2020

Psoriasis


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If anyone in your family has the uncomfortable skin condition called psoriasis, the odds are that you too may suffer from the itching and burning that accompany the disease at some point in your life. Whatever causes the unsightly, painful rashes, your dermatologist at Century Medical and Dental Center in Brooklyn is committed to finding a treatment that’s right for you. Since every case of psoriasis responds differently to various forms of treatment, you must rely on the training and expertise of a doctor with extensive experience. Your dermatologist works to find the ideal solution that you can live with as you learn how to best manage the symptoms causing you so much discomfort. Call for an appointment today.

Psoriasis is a chronic yet often intermittent disease that speeds up the life cycle of your body’s skin cells. These cells accumulate on the surface and eventually form scales and turn into a rash. If you have psoriasis, you may also experience persistent itching and even pain.

Psoriasis usually manifests itself on the elbows, the knees or the head, where it’s called scalp psoriasis. The medical condition often occurs in tandem with other severe health conditions like diabetes, depression and heart disease. The Brooklyn dermatologists at Century Medical and Dental Center are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of all forms of the skin condition.

Psoriasis has plagued humans for thousands of years; researchers have discovered it on Egyptian mummies. The father of modern medicine, Hippocrates (460–377 B.C.) was the first to document and categorize it — he named it on behalf of the psora (meaning itch) and the lepra (meaning scaly epidermis).

Symptoms of Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a highly variable disease, and each case is as unique as the person who suffers from it. Nevertheless, the most commonly observed symptoms include:

  • Itching
  • A burning sensation
  • Painful and swollen joints
  • Patches of red skin with thick silver-colored scales
  • Fingernails or toenails become thick with heavy ridges and pits

Psoriasis can vary from some minor dandruff scaling to a major rash that covers large portions of your body. The episodes are generally cyclical, and the flares can last from weeks to months and then disappear for a short time or indefinitely.

Plaque Psoriasis

Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of the disease. It manifests itself as red, dry, elevated skin sores with silver-colored scales on the surface. Unfortunately, plaque psoriasis can appear anywhere on your body from the genital area to the inside of your mouth.

Plaque psoriasis most often occurs on your scalp, where it’s referred to as scalp psoriasis, but it’s also fairly common on the knees, elbows and lower back. Usually itchy and sometimes painful, a plaque psoriasis rash can be in one place or many. The rashes can also crack open and bleed.

Causes of Psoriasis

Although its cause isn’t completely understood, experts believe psoriasis results from trouble with the immune system’s T-cells and other white blood cells known as neutrophils. In a normally functioning immune system, your body’s T-cells act as a defense mechanism against harmful foreign material like viruses or bacteria. When afflicted by psoriasis, these protective cells mistakenly attack your own skin cells as if they were an invading disease.

The T-cells also can spur the excessive growth of skin cells, which sometimes results in redness and even puss on your skin’s surface. The migration of these new cells to the surface takes place in the course of days rather than weeks, leading to patches of thick skin resembling scales.

The condition usually continues until properly treated. While the impetus of this malfunction remains a mystery, it’s believed to result from a combination of genetics and environmental conditions.

Read more: https://www.centurymedicaldental.com/psoriasis/
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Brooklyn, NY 11201
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