Understanding psoriasis and treatment options available at Clear Skin Dermatology

Dr. Sanjay Siddha works regularly with patients who are struggling with psoriasis. This condition causes red, itchy patches on the skin and can also result in joint pain. It is described as a chronic autoimmune disease that affects over 125 million people worldwide.

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis commonly appears on the scalp, elbows, and knees but can occur anywhere on the body. The severity of psoriasis varies from person to person, with some experiencing only mild symptoms while others have more severe concerns that can impact their quality of life.

What types of psoriasis can develop?

Diagnosing psoriasis can be challenging due to its various types. Seeking the help of an experienced dermatologist like Dr. Siddha of Clear Skin Dermatology is recommended. Some types include the following:

  • Plaque Psoriasis. This is the most common type of psoriasis, accounting for about 80% of cases. It presents as raised, red patches covered in silvery scales.
  • Guttate Psoriasis. This type typically appears after a bacterial infection and presents as small, red spots on the skin.
  • Inverse Psoriasis. Found in areas where the skin rubs against itself, such as under the arms or in the groin area, inverse psoriasis appears as smooth, red patches of skin.
  • Pustular Psoriasis. This type is characterized by white pustules surrounded by inflamed skin. It can be very painful and may require medical treatment.
  • Erythrodermic Psoriasis. The least common form of psoriasis, known as erythrodermic psoriasis, covers large areas of the body and can cause severe pain and itching.
Psoriasis Skin Disease on an elbow

Understanding common psoriasis triggers

While the exact cause of most cases of psoriasis is still unknown, certain factors have been effectively identified as those that can trigger or worsen symptoms. These include:

  • Genetics.
  • Immune system response.
  • Stress.
  • Infections, such as strep throat or even skin infections.
  • Certain medications, including beta blockers and lithium.
  • Cold weather.

How can I manage psoriasis skin disease?

To effectively manage psoriasis, it is crucial to identify and avoid triggers as much as possible. Dr. Siddha might also recommend specific lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking and reducing stress, to help manage symptoms.

Additionally, various treatment options are available for psoriasis, depending on the severity of the actual condition. Some common treatments include:

  • Topical creams.
  • Phototherapy.
  • Oral medications.
  • Biologic therapies.

Clear Skin Dermatology – Psoriasis Treatment

If you want to get a proper diagnosis and discuss effective treatment and management options that work for your unique needs, you can connect with Dr. Sanjay Siddha and his team by calling one of his two office locations in Ontario. You can reach them in Newmarket at (905) 235-5232 or in Toronto at (416) 963-5955.