Psoriasis is a T-cell immune mediated skin condition that triggers the growth of skin cells. The cells start growing too fast, moving to the surface of the skin and piling up as dead cells (the white scale). The surface of the skin thickens, blood vessels multiply, developing redness in the skin. This increased number of cells tends to build up on the surface in the form of scales and red patches that are itchy and painful. This skin disease varies in appearance and severity from small solitary scaly patches to full body involvement. The lesions almost always show symmetric appearance around elbows and knees, scalp, chest and buttocks involving both sexes equally; however, it is not contagious. It usually goes away and flares up again after some time. The triggering factors including stress, depression, infections, weakened immune system, excessive/less sun exposure, smoking, alcohol and skin injuries.
It is said that there is no permanent cure of psoriasis; however, the suggestive treatments can control its recurrence speed and make the patient relieved from the discomfort.
At Rao Dermatology, we work closely with our patients to formulate the suitable course of treatment, not only through medication but also by controlling the triggering factors. Our dermatologists are expert in treating all types of psoriasis with a variety of latest treatment courses. We diagnose the patient by taking proper medical history, physical examination and skin biopsies (where necessary). Our traditional clinical approach is to start with the mildest treatment followed by stronger therapies (if indicated). The treatment offered at Rao Dermatology includes:
- Topical corticosteroids
- Vitamin D analogues
- Topical retinoids
- Calcineurin inhibitors
- Salicylic acid
- Exposure to UV rays
- UVB phototherapy
- Narrow band UVB phototherapy
- Psoralen plus Ultraviolet A (PUVA)
- Excimer laser
- Oral or injected medications (cyclosporine)
- Biologics (drugs that alter the immunity)
Despite of the medical treatment, we also focus on changing the patient’s lifestyle to active one. The self-help measures including daily baths, use of moisturizers, exposure to sun, keeping the skin dry, avoiding alcohol, stress and smoking can improve the appearance and discomfort of the damaged skin.
Coping with Psoriasis is a challenge for the patient and the concerned dermatologist as well. Rao dermatology is dealing with all these challenges since long. Book your appointment now, if you are being challenged by your skin.