Psoriasis is a difficult illness to live with. This condition is characterized by dry, flaky skin and joint pain that can make day-to-day activities difficult. Those with this condition can be troubled by its physical symptoms and the appearance of their skin. If you have psoriasis, we can help. Our experts at McLean & Potomac Dermatology can offer medications and other treatment options for addressing the symptoms of this condition.

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What Causes Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is often an inherited condition but can also occur in people with no family history of the disease. It is not considered to be a genetically inherited condition. It has been suggested that there are certain triggers that may cause it to develop, including injury, sunburn, HIV, beta-hemolytic streptococcal infection, emotional stress, alcohol, and certain drugs. 

This is not an infectious condition, but occasionally, the skin may become infected and need treatment. There does not appear to be any connection between diet and psoriasis. Psoriasis affects both men and women. It generally appears between the ages of 15 and 35, but can develop in infancy and old age.

How Do We Address Psoriasis?

There is no cure, but many treatments can clear psoriasis for periods of time. The most commonly used medicines are creams applied directly to the skin. For more advanced cases of psoriasis, ultraviolet treatments or oral medicines are options. Microneedling with Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) and Light Therapy (LED) can also provide some benefits.

What to Expect From Treatment

Long-term use of topical steroid medications (creams, ointments, solutions) on a specific body location on the body can, over time, lead to thinning of the skin at that body location. Therefore, it is better to use a stronger steroid for a shorter period of time to treat inflamed areas. This condition requires ongoing treatment, and we will work with you to help you control your symptoms and improve the look of your skin.

Find Psoriasis Treatments in McLean, VA, or Potomac, MD

If you’re experiencing dry, scaly, and flaky skin, you may have psoriasis. While there is no cure for this condition, it can be treated with ongoing care from an experienced dermatological team. Connect with one of our offices in McLean or Potomac to get your skin the help it deserves.

You can reach us by messaging us through the Klara app on this website or giving us a call at (703) 356-5111.

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