What is Psoriasis? Diagnosis and Treatment

April 29, 2019

What Is Psoriasis Chantilly Virginia

Centreville, VA patients suffering from conditions such as 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.

What Is Psoriasis Chantilly VirginiaPsoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune skin condition

Affecting nearly 7.5 million patients in the United States, both adults and children may suffer from this irritating condition. Psoriasis is a condition in which the skin cell production occurs rapidly. Cells multiply and regenerate more quickly than the body can eliminate them. Without the time to remove the extra cells, individuals have an excess of dry skin. Symptoms may include skin rashes, dryness, flaking, or peeling. Cracked skin or fissures may also appear.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Caused by a faulty immune system, there is unfortunately no cure for the underlying problem. However, treatments are available to make patients more comfortable. The condition can also go into remission so you have periods of healthy skin. It is important to seek help from a board-certified dermatologist for the proper diagnosis of this condition. With proper care, an understanding of your medical history and lifestyle, our doctors can create a customized treatment plan to help you live comfortably with your psoriasis. Common treatment options include:

  • Topical treatments
  • Oral or injectable medications
  • Phototherapy or light therapy

Our physicians work with you to determine the appropriate treatment methods. For some cases, an individual treatment may be used. Other patients may need a combination. Topical treatments are often the first line of defense as they slow cell reproduction and reduce inflammation and redness. Medications target the immune system itself. Phototherapy uses a lightbox or laser to slow cell growth.

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.

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