Skin cells, like other cells in the body, have a life cycle. For individuals with psoriasis, the cycle of cellular regeneration is disrupted. Because new cells form faster than existing cells can slough off, buildup occurs on the skin’s surface. The result of this accumulation is the development of thick “scales” that may look red and dry. Psoriasis may cause itching or pain.
While we know more now about the causes and risk factors of psoriasis, there is currently no known cure for this chronic condition. Treating patients in the Huntington, NY area, Dr. Koreen focuses care on the management of healthier skin. Because natural sunlight may have a positive effect on psoriasis, there may be the idea that self-tanning provides relief. Tanning, however, can be detrimental to overall skin health and should not be considered the primary solution for abnormalities in cell turnover.
One of the ways to manage psoriasis well is to identify risk factors as well as triggers. Research has shown that there is a possible genetic factor to psoriasis and that bacterial or viral infection may play a role in the development or worsening of symptoms. Other factors that are within our control include smoking, obesity, and stress levels. Often, we discuss the impact of positive lifestyle modification as a complement to therapeutic treatments.
Patients of the Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Center can learn more about their condition and the treatment options that may markedly improve their comfort and quality of life. Psoriasis treatment is tailored to the individual, considering factors such as location of psoriasis, severity, age, and more. Some of the therapies that may be incorporated into care include topical or oral medication and light or laser treatments. In some cases, optimal results come from a combination of modalities.
Studies have shown that, used in conjunction, topical steroid medication, and laser treatment produce positive results. One such report, found in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, points out the benefit of topical steroid cream with excimer laser treatment for resistant plaques on the scalp.
Dr. Roger Koreen has an extensive background in the treatment of psoriasis and other skin conditions. If you are seeking an efficient way to manage your skin health, we can help. Contact our office at (631) 417-3300 to schedule your visit.