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Dulles practice provides effective psoriasis solutions

About 7.5 million people in the United States have psoriasis. Presently, there is no cure, but progress is being made in understanding causes, treating symptoms, and minimizing flare-ups. The Board-certified dermatologists at Dulles Dermatology Associates in Dulles are committed to bringing psoriasis advances to patients in the greater Dulles area.

Cause and symptoms

Psoriasis is the result of a faulty immune system reaction. It usually cycles, flaring up for several weeks, then going into remission. Stress, smoking, obesity, viral and bacterial infections, and family history of psoriasis are risk factors.

If you experience these symptoms, you may have psoriasis:

  • Patches of red skin coated with pale scales.
  • Small dandruff-like spots (on children).
  • Dry skin that may crack and bleed.
  • Burning, itching, or tenderness.
  • Thick, ridged or pitted nails.
  • Joint problems.

Types and treatments

  • Plaque psoriasis is most common. Plaques can form anywhere, including inside the mouth.
  • Nail psoriasis can cause finger or toenails to loosen from the nail bed or crumble.
  • Guttate psoriasis is triggered by bacterial infection. It affects children and young adults.
  • Inverse psoriasis shows up at groin, under the arms, or beneath breasts. This type is related to fungal infection.
  • Pustular psoriasis creates blisters over widespread areas. It can also cause itching, fever, chills, and loose bowels.
  • Erythrodermic psoriasis presents as a red rash that burns, itches, and peels.
  • Psoriatic arthritis. In addition to skin symptoms, these sufferers have painfully swollen joints that can lead to permanent joint damage.

Our doctors tailor care based on the area affected, type, and severity of your condition. Treatment may involve one or a combination of topical creams including corticosteroids, retinoids, and calcineurin inhibitors. Phototherapy with controlled narrow band UVB is very effective at clearing skin. Laser treatment and oral and injected medications are also options.

To learn more about psoriasis management, call our Dulles office at (844) 357-3376.

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