Psoriasis

Psoriasis Dermatologist Wake Forest, NC

Psoriasis Services - Wake Forest, NC

Psoriasis is a condition that often impacts individuals across various age groups, with higher prevalence observed among those aged between 20-30 and 50-60. Characterized by inflamed, dry, and scaly skin, individuals with psoriasis commonly seek effective treatment options to alleviate their symptoms. At Wake Forest Dermatology in Wake Forest, North Carolina, Dr. Matheis provides a range of treatment modalities for psoriasis aimed at easing symptoms and enhancing quality of life. Contact Wake Forest Dermatology by phone or utilize the online booking tool today to schedule an appointment.

Psoriasis Q&A

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis, affecting 2-3% of the population, is a common skin disorder characterized by the formation of red, itchy, scaly patches, typically found on areas like the knees, elbows, and scalp. It is a chronic condition with no cure, marked by recurrent flare-ups lasting weeks or months before subsiding into remission.

Symptoms of psoriasis include:

  • Red patches of skin
  • Thick, scaly skin
  • Dry, cracked skin prone to bleeding and itching
  • Itching and burning sensations
  • Thickened or ridged nails
  • Swollen, stiff, and painful joints

The severity of symptoms varies, ranging from minor scaling to extensive eruptions covering large areas of the skin. Common sites for psoriasis development include the lower back, knees, elbows, scalp, face, palms, and soles of the feet.

What Causes Psoriasis?

While the exact cause remains unclear, psoriasis is characterized by immune system dysfunction leading to inflammation. This immune malfunction accelerates skin cell regeneration, resulting in rapid skin cell growth and accumulation on the skin’s surface.

Various environmental factors can trigger psoriasis symptoms, including:

  • Infections like strep throat or skin infections
  • Exposure to dry, cold weather
  • Certain medications such as lithium, antimalarial drugs, and high blood pressure medications
  • Skin injuries like cuts, scrapes, bug bites, or burns
  • Heavy alcohol consumption

Risk factors for psoriasis include a family history of the condition, high-stress levels, and tobacco smoking.

How is Psoriasis Treated?

At Wake Forest Dermatology, Dr. Matheis discusses treatment options tailored to alleviate psoriasis symptoms. These may include:

  • Topical therapies like corticosteroid creams and light therapy
  • Oral or injected medications such as steroids and retinoids

Dr. Matheis emphasizes a holistic and naturopathic approach to treatment, beginning with milder therapies like topical creams and light therapy and escalating to stronger options if necessary.

To explore psoriasis treatment options and find the best solution for your condition, contact Wake Forest Dermatology or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.