Psoriasis is a prevalent autoimmune disease in the United States, affecting an estimated 7.5 million adults, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. Board-certified dermatologist and dermatological surgeon, Eliot Y. Ghatan, MD, FRCPC, works alongside a group of experienced skin care and aesthetic specialists providing effective solutions for psoriasis at Dr. Ghatan Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Ocean Parkway, Midwood of Brooklyn, New York. There are successful ways you can manage and control your condition and soothe your skin. Call the office or schedule online to find out more.
Psoriasis is a skin condition and an autoimmune disease. Psoriasis affects the skin by speeding up the life cycle of skin cells, making them accumulate rapidly on the surface of your skin. These excess skin cells form red patches and scales that can be itchy, painful, and become a cosmetic concern.
Psoriasis is considered a chronic skin condition that can come and go in flares.
The symptoms of psoriasis vary and there are different types: plaque, scalp, nail, inverse, pustular, and guttate.
The most common symptoms of psoriasis are:
Small scaling spots are usually seen in children.
It isn’t clear what causes psoriasis. Many experts point to a problem or malfunction with the immune system, especially the T-cells and other white blood cells in your body. T-cells typically travel through your body and protect you against foreign substances like bacteria or viruses.
With psoriasis, the T-cells mistakenly attack your healthy skin cells like they’re trying to fight an infection or heal a wound. Overactive T-cells can spike a heightened production of more T-cells, other white blood cells, and healthy skin cells.
Genetic and environmental factors might play a role in causing or worsening psoriasis, such as:
Tobacco use and excess alcohol consumption can also worsen psoriasis or trigger a flare-up.
When treating psoriasis, Dr. Ghatan aims to reduce inflammation and stop or slow the cells from growing so rapidly.
Dr. Ghatan might suggest various treatment methods for psoriasis, such as:
Dr. Ghatan provides the EX-308® laser system to treat psoriasis. These painless treatments take just a few minutes in-office. The EX-308 system delivers a concentrated beam of ultraviolet light to prompt normal skin healing. The system even works on hard-to-treat areas, such as the knees, soles, scalp, and elbows.
Dr. Ghatan usually recommends treatments twice a week for about 4-6 weeks to achieve impressive results that can leave the treated area free from flare-ups for several months or longer.
Call Dr. Ghatan Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery or book your consultation online today.