Patients who are dealing with patches of skin that are scaly, dry, or develop pustules may be experiencing a skin condition known as psoriasis. As a Psoriasis specialist in Knoxville TN, Dr. Doppelt of Southeastern Dermatology, has years of experience dealing with patients who are struggling with psoriasis and other skin conditions.
Psoriasis is often characterized by flaky, dry skin that is severe to the point that it can break open and cause sores and infection. It has been revealed that approximately two percent of Americans in the United States are affected with some form of psoriasis. It can be found on any part of the body, but is most commonly recognized around the joints (knees and elbows) and the neck or scalp. It is relatively harmless, except when the skin cracks and becomes infected. It is not, however, a contagious skin disorder. It is known to be genetic and patients can inherit it through their family members. A third of patients who have psoriasis know a family member that also has the condition.
Psoriasis occurs in flare-ups. These flare-ups can happen at any time, and can last anywhere from weeks to several months. It can be triggered by environmental factors, injury, or alcoholism. Scratching or breaking the skin can cause these flare-ups to last longer, so with proper treatment, patients can experience shorter, less severe flare-ups over time. There is no cure for psoriasis, but with proper care and maintenance, flare-ups can be few and far between.
There are several ways that dermatologists can treat psoriasis. Many times, Dr. Doppelt of Southeastern Dermatology in Knoxville can address the issue with topical creams. Many of the more mild forms of psoriasis can be treated with just this form of treatment. However, for moderate to severe psoriasis, Dr. Doppelt may suggest treatments such as oral medications or phototherapy.
With a thorough consultation and examination appointment with Dr. Doppelt, patients can find a solution to their troublesome skin condition and seek relief with staff that they know and trust. Call Southeastern Dermatology today and schedule an appointment to find the right treatment for you and your psoriasis flare-ups once and for all!