How to Identify Psoriasis

A dermatologist wearing gloves examines the skin of a sick patient Approximately 2% of the population is affected by a common inflammatory skin condition known as psoriasis. Psoriasis can appear on anyone at any age, and may even come and go over time with no rhyme or reason. This chronic condition can cause patients to feel self-conscious in their appearance due to the appearance of psoriasis. With proper treatment, many patients can clear their skin of plaque psoriasis and control flare-ups.

Where can psoriasis develop?

Psoriasis is best known for appearing in areas such as the knees and elbows, but honestly, it can make an appearance anywhere on the body. Some patients experience psoriasis that affects their joints, their nails, and even cause stiffness throughout the body. There are several different types of psoriasis, and the location it develops can often help a dermatologist such as Dr. Stanley Skopit provide patients with effective treatment information.

How is psoriasis treated?

There are different ways in which a dermatologist may approach psoriasis in a patient. First, he will get a proper diagnosis on the patient. Knowing which type of psoriasis is present will also affect the choices he makes in terms of treatment. This includes severity of the condition. For plaque psoriasis, certain topical medications can be applied the areas of concern to help alleviate the appearance of plaque. Patients with psoriatic arthritis have invisible pain and stiffness of the joints and muscles. This may be better addressed with the help of a rheumatologist who can provide oral medications to alleviate the pain and discomfort of this particular type of psoriasis. Each individual is unique and will need customized treatment to help them in combating this chronic condition.

Are you interested in a proper diagnosis of psoriasis?

If you have compared your symptoms with those mentioned in this article and want a definitive diagnosis from a dermatological professional, we encourage you to call (954) 807-9433 to request an appointment with Dr. Stanley Skopit of Dania Dermatology. His facility is conveniently located in Dania, FL at 154 South Compass Way and accepts new and retuning patients ready to address cosmetic and medical dermatology concerns.

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