By Atlas Dermatology
June 03, 2016
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: psoriasis  

If you are suffering from psoriasis in Baton Rouge, LA, you should talk to one of our dermatologists such as Dr. William Trent Massengale, Dr. Jessica LeBlanc and Dr. Ashley Coreil Record with Atlas Dermatology. Psoriasis can be a miserable experience -- it’s Rashunderstandable to become discouraged -- but you don’t have to just deal with it. In fact, one of our Baton Rouge dermatologists can help you develop strategies to keep your psoriasis under control.

Psoriasis is a common skin condition in which the life cycle of your skin cells change. What happens is your skin produces cells much more rapidly than normal; this production causes thick, silvery, scaly patches to appear. Those patches can itch and even be painful. Psoriasis typically occurs in cycles – sometimes it is prolific, sometimes it appears to go away. Unfortunately, it is a chronic, and as yet incurable condition.

There are several different types of psoriasis that affect different areas of the body and different aged people. The cause is not fully known but is believed to be immune system related. Risk factors are thought to include but are not limited to family history, obesity, smoking, certain medications, and other skin infections. Possible outbreak triggers may include but are not limited to injuries such as scrapes, cuts, or insect bites, infections, cold weather, cracked, dry skin, heavy alcohol use, smoking, and stress.

An outbreak is usually more annoying than dangerous, however, if your condition becomes painful or otherwise interferes with daily life, it is time to see your Baton Rouge dermatologist. Psoriasis can lead to other, more serious issues, including but not limited to eye conditions, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, even kidney problems and Parkinson’s disease.

Your Baton Rouge dermatologist will generally opt for the least intensive treatment options first. Treatment options can include any of a number and variety of topical creams, oral and/or injected, and/or light/ultraviolet ray therapy. Your Baton Rouge dermatologist will likely suggest any of a number of lifestyle habits or changes, which can include limited sunlight exposure, cutting back or eliminating alcohol consumption, daily bathing, and using skin moisturizers.

If you are tired of just dealing with your skin condition in Baton Rouge, call Atlas Dermatology at 225-313-4560.

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