Living With Psoriasis

Psoriasis can make you feel like your life is out of control, and that your daily activities are restricted and dictated depending on the severity of your flare ups. You’re not alone; around 8 million Americans have some form of psoriasis. The key to living with psoriasis is having a game plan, a doctor who understands, and a support network to keep you positive and moving forward. 

At Stoll Dermatology in Beverly Hills, California, Dr. David Stoll helps psoriasis patients find solutions that tamp down flare ups and ease symptoms. A customized treatment plan for psoriasis can help you minimize its impact on your life. 

Psoriasis 101

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that forces the regeneration of skin cells more quickly than is normal, and faster than the body can shed them. As a result, excess skin cells build up and cover the surface of your skin. The body reacts to this buildup as a threat, and triggering a protective response from your immune system. 

If you are like most people with psoriasis, your main irritation is the constant buildup of plaque, which is skin cells that are irritated and inflamed. Plaque looks like red, raised patches on the skin, and they can itch, burn, crack, and bleed even if you are careful not to scratch. 

You might also have psoriasis that affects your nails, causing them to become ridged and discolored, or in the folds of your skin, which can case red marks that feel raw and wet. Over time, you might develop psoriasis arthritis, which causes a lot of pain in your joints.   

Living with psoriasis

Since psoriasis is a chronic condition, the usual treatments focus on controlling flare ups and symptoms. You can usually identify common triggers that spur a flare up, like drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, or being under a lot of stress. You might also have episodes of worsened psoriasis due to taking a new medication or having a vitamin deficiency. 

At Stoll Dermatology, Dr. Stoll will first identify the type of psoriasis, then create a customized treatment plan designed just for you. Diet plans, supplements, topical treatments, phototherapy, and biologic medications can all be used to help control psoriasis and limit your body’s immune response.  

If you have psoriasis, you should seek help right away so you can manage your symptoms and live comfortably. Call Stoll Dermatology at 424-307-0995 or contact us to book an appointment.

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