PSORIASIS

About 80 percent of people who develop the inflammatory skin condition known as psoriasis have so-called “plaque” psoriasis. Symptoms include patches of raised, reddish skin covered by silvery-white scales. These plaques usually form on the elbows, knees, lower back, and scalp, although they may appear anywhere on the body. This uncomfortable skin condition is also associated with severe itching and cracked and bleeding skin. Treatment for moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis includes the use of adalimumab (Humira), a tumor necrosis factor blocker. This drug is administered by injection under the close supervision of a dermatologist and is approved for use in adult patients who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy.

Psoriasis is not contagious, although it may be hereditary. Climate, stress, infections, and some medications are things that can sometimes trigger flare-ups. If you suspect that you have psoriasis or some other skin condition, call 630-832-2111 to schedule an appointmentwithELMHURST DERMATOLOGY. A board-certified dermatologist will examine at our office located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7. Your condition will be carefully analyzed, and a treatment protocol will be created to meet your personal needs. Let our friendly, experienced staff help you. New patients are welcome. We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.

 

Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist

P.S. About one in ten people develop psoriasis in childhood, which makes it more likely that the condition will be widespread and recurrent.

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PSORIASIS IN GREATER CONTEXT

Psoriasis is a well-known skin condition that causes skin redness and irritation. Psoriasis sufferers have skin cells that rise to the surface too quickly, leaving insufficient time for old skin cells to slough off, resulting in a buildup of dead skin cells. While it is known that the condition may be triggered by abnormal signals from the body’s immune system, new findings place the disease in a greater context. According to a growing body of evidence, psoriasis is being linked with heart and blood vessel problems, including an increased risk of stroke and atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat). It may be that the chronic inflammation associated with psoriasis may also play a role in stroke and atrial fibrillation.

Plaque psoriasis is a disease of the immune system. Red, scaly patches on the skin are a symptom of this disease. Stress and infections can cause a flare up of psoriasis. Please call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111 to schedule an evaluation. We can perform a thorough examination and determine which prescription medicines and lifestyle changes that can best control your symptoms. Our office is located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7, Elmhurst. We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.

 

Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist

P.S. Due to the suspected link mentioned above, psoriasis sufferers may want to check with their primary care doctors about having their overall cardiovascular health checked.

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