Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disease that affects about 7.5 million Americans. The most common form, plaque psoriasis, causes raised, reddish skin patches covered with silvery-white scales, usually on the elbows, hands, feet, knees, and scalp. Anyone can develop psoriasis, but it’s most common in adults. Up to 40% of people who have psoriasis also experience arthritis symptoms, such as joint pain.
Most people with psoriasis experience mild to moderate symptoms, which can respond to topical treatments, such as:
You may benefit from one or a combination of these treatments. For more severe cases, your treatment plan may combine topical remedies with other therapies such as phototherapy, which exposes affected skin to specific amounts of UV rays, or biologic medications, which target your immune system.
Dr. Stoll’s practice is one of the few centers working with large pharmaceutical companies on new psoriasis medications coming to market. By way of an exam, Dr. Stoll can determine the ideal treatment plan for you.
While lifestyle shifts won’t cure psoriasis and shouldn’t replace doctor-recommended care, particular changes may help you manage your symptoms. For example, taking daily warm baths using mild soaps with added oils helps remove scales and ease skin inflammation. After baths, apply a heavy, ointment-based moisturizer for added benefits.
During colder, dryer months, you may want to moisturize more often. Exposing your skin to modest amounts of sunlight, limiting or forgoing alcohol, and avoiding potential triggers such as stress, smoking, and too much sun also may help. Talk to Dr. Stoll to find out what may be especially helpful for you.
When you meet with Dr. Stoll, he inquires about your symptoms, overall health, and medical history. You can prepare for the appointment by making a mental or written list of the following:
Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!