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Psoriasis

Psoriasis service offered in Richfield, Hurricane, Ephraim and Washington, UT

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a common skin disease affecting around 2% of all Americans today. If you have patches of red skin with a scaly, silvery coating, it could be psoriasis. The dedicated team at Central Utah Dermatology offers the most up-to-date psoriasis treatments customized to your needs in three of their offices in Richfield, Hurricane, Ephraim and Washington, Utah. Call the nearest office or book a visit online today. 

Psoriasis Q & A

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that occurs when the immune system is overly active and triggers excessive skin cell production. The excess skin cells accumulate faster than the body sheds old skin, leading to patches of inflamed, itchy, and thickened skin. Psoriasis affects more than 7 million people today. 


What are the symptoms of psoriasis?

There are many types of psoriasis, but around 80-90% of all people with the disease have plaque psoriasis. It causes plaques raised patches of skin topped with whitish-silver scales. Plaques can be itchy and uncomfortable. 

Some people experience a stinging or burning sensation under the skin. Plaques may develop fissures (small cracks in the surface skin), which may lead to bleeding. 

They often develop in more isolated areas of the body where it’s harder to moisturize well, such as the elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back, but they can develop anywhere. Plaques can last days, weeks, or longer. 

Following a psoriasis flare-up, you may experience a remission (symptom-free period) lasting anywhere from 1-12 months.


Is psoriasis contagious?

Psoriasis isn’t contagious. Direct contact with your skin, even in the midst of a severe flare-up, can’t “pass” the condition to another person. 


What causes psoriasis flare-ups? 

Everyone with psoriasis may have different psoriasis triggers, but some of the most common include: 

  • Stress
  • Cold and dry weather
  • Illness, such as respiratory infections
  • Skin injury, like a laceration or insect bite
  • Heavy drinking
  • Tobacco smoking
  • Medications like prednisone and lithium

Some people with psoriasis have rarer triggers, such as foods with a lot of saturated and trans fats. 


How is psoriasis treated?

The Central Utah Dermatology team prescribes treatments that alleviate your symptoms and encourage psoriasis remission. Your treatment may include: 

  • Topical lotion, cream, or gel
  • Oral medications
  • Injections
  • Light therapy (phototherapy)

Psoriasis is unpredictable, so it can sometimes be hard to know when flare-ups and remissions will happen. Keeping close track of the circumstances surrounding your psoriasis flare-ups can help determine your treatment path.

The Central Utah Dermatology team makes sure that you have specialized psoriasis treatment to relieve your symptoms and enjoy the longest remission possible. Call the nearest office or book a visit online today.