Centreville, VA patients suffering from conditions such as acne, eczema, or psoriasis may be unsure of their treatment options. At Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, now a part of U.S. Dermatology Partners, we are dedicated to helping individuals achieve the results they desire and offer a variety of treatments for patients suffering from conditions such as psoriasis.
We describe psoriasis as a condition in which the skin naturally builds up too many skin cells in an area of the body. There are several types of psoriasis, including psoriatic arthritis, guttate psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, and erythrodermic psoriasis. Many of these are diagnosed on appearance alone, which is often the development of white, silvery scales and red skin on specific areas of the body.
Where does psoriasis develop?
While psoriasis can develop anywhere on the body, it is most commonly seen in areas such as the:
Why do patients develop psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic condition that causes skin inflammation. It is unknown what truly triggers psoriasis, but it tends to be related to patients who have a “misdirected” immune system. There are also some indications that genetics play a role, as well as environmental factors. Some common triggers that can exacerbate this issue include:
- Drug use
- Alcohol use
- Cold weather
Patients who have psoriasis often have a family member with the condition as well. This autoimmune disease often runs in families. Patients may also notice psoriasis begin after they have had an immunological-related condition, such as strep throat, which can activate the condition in the body. After it has developed, however, it can be a chronic problem.
Does psoriasis spread?
While psoriasis is not contagious, it can spread from one part of the body to another on a patient who has already been diagnosed with it. Therefore, diagnosis and treatment early on can reduce the risk of spreading while keeping the current troublesome area under control.
What are possible treatment options for patients with psoriasis?
While there is currently no cure for psoriasis, there are ways for patients to manage the condition to keep the disease from greatly impacting their overall quality of life. Treatment options for psoriasis may include anything from light therapies to topical medications. In most cases, the doctors of Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia Centreville may work with patients to combine a variety of treatments to address the condition initially, and then determine the best way for patients to manage it on a more long-term basis. This may include regular light therapies or the use of topical medications after the condition is under control. Treatment that works well for one patient may not work as well for another, so sometimes the process of controlling the issue includes the process of elimination. It is important that men and women have patience as finding the right method of treatment can take some time, just like treatments for eczema and acne.
What is the process of receiving a diagnosis of psoriasis?
In most instances, psoriasis can be diagnosed with a physical examination of the skin. It has a very distinct appearance, making it easy for doctors to spot and diagnose. Once a diagnosis has been made, patients can work with a professional to seek the most effective treatment options for their specific needs.
Schedule an appointment today
If you struggle with psoriasis, or need a diagnosis and to discuss treatment options with a professional, contact Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia Centreville. We assist patients of all ages in our state-of-the-art facility. We provide medical and cosmetic dermatology solutions to men and women at both our Centreville and Sterling locations. Our Centreville location can be reached at (703) 222-2773 and is conveniently located in Suite #301 at 13880 Braddock Road. We accept new patients who are ready for quality, comprehensive dermatological care.