What Is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a skin disorder that causes bumpy, red patches covered with white scales to appear on the body. These patches can grow anywhere, but most appear on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back. Though it isn’t contagious, it can appear among members of the same family. This condition most often appears in early adulthood. In severe cases, it can cover large parts of the body. The patches can heal and then come back throughout a person’s life if left untreated.

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What Causes Psoriasis?

The exact cause is not currently known, but most experts believe that the condition appears due to a dysregulated immune system. When the immune system is dysregulated, inflammation can appear, triggering rapid cell growth. Normally, skin cells are replaced every 10-30 days. With psoriasis, new cells can grow as quickly as every 3-4 days. The buildup of old cells being replaced by new ones creates those silver scales. Emotional stress, traumatic injuries, infections and certain blood pressure medications can catalyze this condition.

Psoriasis Treatment Options

Helena Dermatology is dedicated to providing you with a range of effective treatment options for addressing psoriasis. Among our treatments are topical medications, phototherapy or light treatments, and systemic biologic treatments. The latter option can block certain parts of the immune system to better control the inflammation caused by psoriasis, reducing the risk of recurrence in the long term.


Psoriasis Treatments in Helena, MT

Helena Dermatology is here to provide you with the care and support you need. If you’re struggling with the frequent appearance of white scales and red, flaky patches, you may require psoriasis treatment. At Helena Dermatology, we offer a range of treatment options for addressing these and other skin conditions, helping you look and feel better. For expert dermatological care from our supportive staff, fill out the form below and schedule an appointment or give us a call at (406) 443-7200.

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