Understanding and Managing Psoriasis with Biltmore Dermatology

At Biltmore Dermatology, we understand that managing psoriasis can be multi-faceted and pervasive in your everyday life. This common skin ailment isn’t just physically discomforting but can also take an emotional toll. Thus, we aim to help demystify psoriasis, deliver the latest industry treatments, and offer personalized care to our patients.

Unpacking the Various Types of Psoriasis

Psoriasis is not a one-size-fits-all condition. It presents itself in various forms, each with specific symptoms. For instance, Plaque Psoriasis, the most common type, manifests as raised, inflamed, red skin covered with silvery, white scales. Guttate Psoriasis, on the other hand, emerges as small, dot-like lesions, often triggered by a strep infection.

Other forms include Inverse Psoriasis, which is seen as very red, smooth, and shiny lesions in body folds; Pustular Psoriasis, distinguished by white pustules (blisters of non-infectious pus) surrounded by red skin; and Erythrodermic Psoriasis, the least common but most inflammatory form causing periodic, fiery redness of the skin.

What Causes Psoriasis?

Psoriasis does not discriminate—it can occur at any age and does not lean towards any gender. While the exact cause is vague, it is commonly attributed to an overactive immune system, which leads to inflammation and rapid generation of skin cells. Furthermore, it can be hereditary, with certain genes playing a crucial part in its development. Various triggers, such as stress, certain medications, and skin injuries, can exacerbate the condition.

Psoriasis Treatment Options

Several treatment options aim to alleviate symptoms and manage flare-ups effectively. One commonly prescribed treatment is topical corticosteroids, which reduce inflammation and itching. Another topical option includes calcineurin inhibitors, which modulate the immune response. Systemic medications, such as methotrexate, or Biologic medications, target the immune system to suppress inflammation throughout the body. Additionally, lifestyle changes like stress management and dietary adjustments may complement medical treatments in managing symptoms and improving overall well-being for individuals with psoriasis.

Meet Ryan Patterson, Our Psoriasis Expert

Ryan Patterson, NP-C, DCNP, is not just a skilled Nurse Practitioner but a dedicated Dermatology-Certified Nurse Practitioner, highly regarded in the Terre Haute, Indiana, dermatology scene. With years of experience handling diverse psoriasis cases, Ryan’s approach is empathetic and strategic, ensuring that our patients get relief from the symptoms and feel supported and cared for in their journey toward vibrant skin health.

Together, we aim to provide exceptional skin health resources and treatments. We hope you’ve found this blog informative. For more details or to book an appointment, contact us today. At Biltmore Dermatology, you’re more than just a patient; you’re a priority.