Skin, Hair & Dermatology

Psoriasis Treatment in Michigan

Psoriasis is a non-contagious, often hereditary condition caused by an immune system reaction that tells your body to grow new skin cells too quickly, resulting in patches of red, scaly, flaky skin.

What are the symptoms?

There are a few different types of psoriasis, but the symptoms are basically the same:

  • Red, raised patches of skin that may also be covered with silvery scales, usually on the knees, back or elbows, but possibly appearing on other parts of the body as well. The patches may itch, especially during sudden flare-ups.
  • Flare-ups can occur in response to stress, recent illness or medication.
  • Areas of pinprick bleeding where scales are peeled or picked off.
  • Mild to severe scaly patches on the scalp.
  • Discolored or pitted fingernails.
  • Patches that are similar on either side of the body (such as on both knees or elbows).
  • Many small, raindrop-shaped patches.
  • Swelling, tenderness and joint pain.
  • Patches that appear after a cut, scrape or sunburn.

There are other skin conditions that can look like psoriasis, and there are medications that can cause skin reactions similar to psoriasis. It’s important to get properly diagnosed by a dermatologist to make sure you get the right treatment. Arthritis associated with psoriasis may also be irreversible if left untreated.Call Allure Dermatology to set up a same-day appointment if you’re concerned about psoriasis.

How is it treated?

There are many different treatments for psoriasis. While there is no cure, with treatment, many patients see their skin clear up completely. Treatments can range from topical medications, to photo (light) therapies to oral medications — or any combination of those that help. Your dermatologist will work with you determine which ones will be most effective for you.