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Find out how your dermatologists in Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA, can get your psoriasis flare-ups under control for the long-term!
If you are noticing red, scaly patches on your skin you may be wondering what’s going on. When these symptoms do appear, you may find them to be unsightly and embarrassing. Most people even go as far as to hide their symptoms under long-sleeve shirts or pants so no one else can see. Even though psoriasis cannot be cured, our dermatologists in Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA, Dr. W. Trent Massengale, Dr. Jessica LeBlanc, and Dr. Ashley Record, have a variety of ways to get your flare-ups under control!
Treating Your Psoriasis
When it comes to treating your psoriasis symptoms, the goal of any skin doctor is to reduce the frequency and severity of your symptoms. This includes everything from inflammation to the red patches on your skin. To accomplish this, there are three main kinds of treatments:
If you are dealing with mild or moderate psoriasis then topical medication alone may be all you need to treat your condition. Those with severe psoriasis may also benefit from topical treatments (e.g. creams and lotions) but they will often be used in combination with other medication options. The purpose of topical treatment is to target both itching and inflammation.
Common topical treatments for psoriasis include,
- Vitamin D
- Calcineurin inhibitors
- Coal tar
- Salicylic acid
Another way to treat psoriasis is through light therapy, a treatment also known as phototherapy. By exposing your skin to natural sunlight, the inflammation and scaling on your body can often be reduced. Although receiving short bursts of sunlight every day can be enough to improve mild psoriasis, you must make sure that you aren’t getting too much sun. This is something we can discuss when you come into our office for a consultation.
Another option is UVB phototherapy, which can also be great for targeting mild or moderate psoriasis. This versatile treatment can target a single plaque or more widespread symptoms, carrying with it the possibility of being more effective where other treatments haven’t been.
Patients dealing with severe or resistant psoriasis may need oral or injectable medication in order to see a difference in their symptoms. Common oral or injectable medications include,
- Biologics (medications that act on the immune system)
Give us a call!
Are you dealing with symptoms of psoriasis? Want to find out how to get your symptoms under control? Then call one of Atlas Dermatology's offices in either Prairieville or Baton Rouge, LA, today to schedule an appointment with us. Dial (225) 313-4560 to reach either location!
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 understandable 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.
Psoriasis can be just as confusing as it is irritating. With countless conditions triggering a flare up, pinpointing the cause is difficult. However, diagnosing and treating psoriasis is easy with help from dermatologists Drs. W. Trent Massengale and Jessica LeBlanc at Atlas Dermatology in Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA.
What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a skin disorder in which the skin cells reproduce as much as 10 times faster than normal. This increase in skin cell turnover produces red, scaly, itchy and irritated patches, or plaques, of skin. The cause of psoriasis varies greatly, and can include emotional stress, infection, certain medications or trauma.
Types of Psoriasis
Symptoms of psoriasis vary depending on the classification of the condition you have. Types of psoriasis include:
- Plaque psoriasis: Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of the skin disorder. It causes plaques of irritated, red and itchy skin. These patches are sometimes covered with scale-like silvery skin which can crack and bleed.
- Pustular psoriasis: Scaly, red and irritated skin appears mostly on the hands and face. This classification also causes small pustules to form.
- Erythrodermic psoriasis: This type of psoriasis can become very severe and should be seen by a doctor immediately. Severe red patches and scales which come off in sheets are characteristic in this classification of the disorder.
- Guttate psoriasis: Guttate psoriasis often begins in early childhood with red spots on the arms, legs and torso.
- Inverse psoriasis: Inverse psoriasis occurs in folded areas of the skin, such as under breasts, in the armpits or in the groin.
Other general symptoms of psoriasis include pitting and discoloration of the fingernails and toenails and plaques on the scalp.
How is psoriasis treated?
Treating psoriasis depends on the severity of the condition. Special ointments, which include steroids or salicylic acid, treat many cases. Oral tablets also relieve symptoms of psoriasis. Light therapy uses exposure to UV light to this condition. Changes to diet and homeopathic remedies, such as aloe vera or fish oil, may also help relieve symptoms.
Contact your Prairieville and Baton Rouge dermatologists
For more information on psoriasis, please contact Drs. W. Trent Massengale and Jessica LeBlanc at Atlas Dermatology in Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA. Call (225) 313-4560 to schedule your appointment today!
Find out more about this chronic skin disease and what you can do to combat your symptoms.
Have your Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA dermatologists, Drs. Trent Massengale and Jessica Leblanc, recently diagnosed you with psoriasis? If so, you may have heard about this autoimmune disorder that affects the skin, but have no idea what it actually is, what causes it and how we can effectively reduce your symptoms. Find out more about psoriasis, which affects over 125 million people worldwide.
Q. What is psoriasis?
A. This skin disease causes patches of rough, thick scaly skin, as well as inflammation, soreness and itching. Psoriasis can appear anywhere on the body, but is most commonly found on the knees, elbows, scalp, legs and face.
Q. What causes psoriasis?
A. The cause of psoriasis is still something of a mystery, but it first starts in the immune system, where T-cells are activated against healthy cells. This T-cell activity creates a cascade of immune responses, which can lead to inflammation and rapid cell turnover.
When skin cells form under in the skin, they usually take about a month to rise to the surface. But in people with psoriasis, cell turnover happens in only a few days. This causes the cells to create thick patches on the surface of the skin. Stress, injury and even a change in the weather can exacerbate psoriasis.
Q. How will my Prairieville and Baton Rouge dermatologist treat my psoriasis?
A. Your treatment plan will depend on the type and severity of your condition, as well as the size of your psoriasis patches. We will also discuss whether you have sensitivities or allergies to medications before we prescribe any for your condition.
Your Prairieville and Baton Rouge dermatologist may first recommend a topical cream to help reduce inflammation, cell turnover and your body’s immune response. Light therapy or injections are also common forms of treatment. If different treatment options are combined, then doses for all of them will be lower than if used on their own. Combination treatments can often offer the best results for our patients.
If you are experiencing symptoms of psoriasis, or have recently been diagnosed and are currently looking for an effective treatment option, your Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA dermatologist can help. Call Atlas Dermatology today to schedule an appointment.