Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes skin problems. There are five different types: erythrodermic, guttate, inverse, plaque, and pustular. While psoriasis is believed to be a genetic disease, it may be triggered by certain environmental factors. Infection, stress, NSAIDs, beta blockers, and winter climate are strongly associated with this autoimmune disease. Those with a family history of this disease are much more likely to develop it. There is currently no known cure, but at the office of Ingrid E. Trenkle, MD, we offer professional treatment that can provide relief from symptoms.
When left untreated, psoriasis can lead to a lower quality of life. The itchiness and pain may interfere with other areas of life such as sleep or self-care. Certain activities or occupations become more difficult if someone is affected by a psoriasis outbreak.
The Signs and Symptoms
This condition is often characterized by abnormal skin patches; patients with psoriasis will often see red, dry, itchy, or scaly patches of skin. Sometimes, pus-filled blisters will form in the affected area. Symptoms will vary in severity, ranging from small, localized areas to entire body coverage. The most commonly affected areas are the forearms, scalp, shins, and navel area. Psoriasis is not contagious.
The Treatment Options
Currently, there is no cure for psoriasis. However, there are various OTC and professional treatment options to manage this disease. The psoriasis treatment plan will often depend on the patient and the available tools from the doctor. Psoriasis is often managed by a combination of therapies for optimal results.
If you are suffering from psoriasis or a similar skin condition, it’s important to find a healthcare provider who can help you with the right professional treatment. Psoriasis doesn’t have to be left untreated. At the office of Ingrid E. Trenkle, MD, we will help you find the right psoriasis treatment for you. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation! We are conveniently located in Redlands, CA and happily serve clients throughout the surrounding areas. We look forward to hearing from you!