Dealing with Psoriasis
Psoriasis is the collective name for several types of chronic skin issues, that affects millions of people all over the world. it is usually characterized as unsightly and uncomfortable rough patches on the skin. In advanced cases, the patches of skin can crack and bleed. Men, women, adolescents, and even newborn babies are diagnosed with the disease. Most commonly, psoriasis appears to affect teens and young adults. When it does occur in younger children, treatment is significantly more challenging.
What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic disease, in which the victims typically deal with for years or even decades. We have learned that the disease develops when a person’s immune system sends faulty signals, stimulating skin cells to grow too quickly. Skin cells that normally form in weeks, are formed in days. When the body does not shed these excess skin cells, they pile up on the surface of the skin, causing the patches that we recognize as psoriasis. As we mentioned before, the growth is very unsightly, but it is not contagious. If you are diagnosed with it, you will have one or more of several types, and your Charlotte dermatologist can explain your specific types with you. There are actually occasions when a person gets one type of it, and then the type of it changes.
Treating Psoriasis in children
The drugs that are used to treat adult psoriasis are very strong and cannot be used for treatment in children. There are some topical medications on the market that may be available for younger children down to 2 years of age. If you notice or recognize dry skin patches or issues on your child, it is important to schedule an examination with your Charlotte dermatologist as soon as possible.
Psoriasis on the scalp
Psoriasis can be found anywhere on the skin. This includes the skin of our scalp. When it forms on the scalp, it can extend beyond the scalp. Scalp psoriasis often appear on the forehead, behind the ears, and on the nape of the neck. The scalp may require different treatment, especially in cases where the hair gets in the way. In addition, the skin on the scalp is often thicker that the skin on other parts of our body.
Ballantyne area dermatologists
If you, or a friend or relative has psoriasis, Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide high quality and innovative treatment in a caring and professional environment. Dr. Nixon and Dr. Haught are board certified dermatologists whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin, hair, and cosmetic concerns.
Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. They provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, Botox treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. They provide treatment for both adult and pediatric patients. Call their office today for a skin care evaluation and analysis.