It’s itchy, red and uncomfortable. It’s also embarrassing. It’s psoriasis, and it’s a very common skin condition.

In normal skin, cells grow deep within the tissue and rise to the surface over time, about four weeks. In people with psoriasis, the process happens much faster –  in about two weeks – causing dead skin cells to build up on the surface.

While it can occur anywhere on the body, psoriasis is most often seen on the hands, elbows, knees and trunk. The irritated patches of skin can be itchy, dry, scaly in appearance, pink or red in color, and raised or thick.

Symptoms can appear suddenly or slowly, and can go away and come back repeatedly. Common triggers for psoriasis include:

  • Bacterial or viral infection
  • Dry air
  • Dry skin
  • Injury, such as cuts, burns and insect bites
  • Medications
  • Stress
  • Too little UV exposure

If you're having trouble with psoriasis, call (614) 898-7546 for a treatment consultation.

Treatments

Treatments for psoriasis are used mainly to control symptoms and prevent infections.

Topical

Topical treatments include cortisone creams and ointments, moisturizers, and prescription medicine containing Vitamin A or Vitamin D.

Phototherapy

Phototherapy is a medical treatment during which skin is carefully exposed to UV light. Ultraviolet light suppresses the immune system and reduces inflammatory responses, such as the symptoms of psoriasis.

Excimer Laser

The Excimer Laser is used to spot-treat areas with a specific frequency of ultraviolet light.

It takes a few treatments with the Excimer laser to see results, but those results last longer than with topical treatment or conventional phototherapy.