Psoriasis in Naperville, IL
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What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a common auto-immune disorder that causes inflammation of the skin and within the body, affecting over 7 million people in the U.S. This skin condition can appear as raised, itchy, scaly plaques on the skin. Psoriasis can appear anywhere on the body, but is commonly found on the scalp, elbows, knees, arms, legs, and trunk. It can also occur on the hands and feet. Psoriasis affects men and women equally and usually develops between the ages of 15 and 25. There are numerous forms of psoriasis including the most commonly seen, plaque psoriasis.
Inflammation caused by psoriasis can impact other parts of the body. Those with psoriasis can also develop psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis symptoms typically include pain and stiffness in joints and surrounding areas. Diagnosing psoriatic arthritis early is key to avoiding extensive or permanent joint damage.
While the specific cause of psoriasis is unknown, it is known that there is immune system involvement, which results in increased skin cell growth. For those with psoriasis, skin cells turn over faster than they shed, causing them to pile up on the skin’s surface. Genetics can also play a role in this skin condition; if a family member has psoriasis, you are more likely to develop it. It is also important to remember that psoriasis is not a contagious disorder.
Our experienced dermatologists at Oak Dermatology in Naperville, Itasca, and Joliet, IL assist men and women with the treatment and ongoing management of psoriasis. Schedule an appointment so we can examine your skin and curate a treatment plan to manage and minimize the symptoms of psoriasis.
How Is Psoriasis Treated?
While there is no cure for psoriasis, there are a wide variety of treatment options available. At Oak Dermatology, your provider will create a custom treatment plan to treat your psoriasis. Psoriasis can be mistaken for other common skin rashes so it's important to see a dermatologist if you present with any of the previously mentioned symptoms. Treatment options may include one or a combination of therapies:
- Topical Medicines
- Biologics (medicines that safely regulate the immune system)
- Oral Treatments
While psoriasis can be frustrating, seeing a dermatologist for a personalized treatment plan is the best way to prevent the condition from progressing. Due to the delicate nature of this condition, daily skin maintenance is also important for the health of the skin. Our medical specialists will also recommend medical grade skin care to use or to avoid during your appointment for the management of psoriasis. If you or someone you know is affected by this skin condition, we are here to help! The skin experts at Oak Dermatology can evaluate your skin and develop a custom approach to treat your psoriasis. If you are looking for a dermatologist in the Itasca, Naperville, or Joliet area to treat your psoriasis, book your appointment now.
I’ve had Psoriasis for more than ten years. I came in to see Emily Schnurstein. We came up with a game plan and tackled my Psoriasis. I couldn’t be happier! I’ve also had appointments with the Estheticians Hannah and Claire and they are amazing! Five out of five, highly recommend.
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If you're feeling embarrassed or uncomfortable living with psoriasis, we invite you to reach out to Oak Dermatology in Naperville, Itasca, or Joliet, IL at your first convenience. During a consultation with our team, your condition will be evaluated and a treatment plan will be personalized to help you manage your symptoms and make your quality of life even better.