Psoriasis is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the United States and affects around 7.5 million adults, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. Dr. Jeremy Rothfleisch has extensive experience diagnosing and treating all types of psoriasis and offers the highest standard of dermatological care for the men and women in and around East Brunswick, New Jersey. The first step to finding relief is scheduling a consultation with Dr. Rothfleisch. Book your appointment online or call the office today.
Psoriasis is a common, chronic, skin condition that appears in flares, and plaque psoriasis is the most common type.
This autoimmune disease accelerates the life cycle of skin cells, causing them to build up rapidly on the surface of your skin. The excess skin cells form red patches and scales that can be itchy, painful, and aesthetically unpleasant.
The symptoms of psoriasis depend on the type and the person. The types of psoriasis include nail, scalp, plaque, guttate, inverse, and pustular. The most common symptoms of psoriasis include:
Psoriasis doesn't have a definitive cause, but it may be related to a malfunction or problem with the immune system, T cells, and other white blood cells in your body. The normal function of T cells is to travel through your body and protect you against foreign substances like bacteria or viruses.
With psoriasis, the T cells mistakenly attack your healthy skin cells as if they’re trying to fight an infection or heal a wound. Overactive T cells can trigger a heightened production of healthy skin cells, additional T cells, and other white blood cells.
Genetics or one or more of the following factors may play a role in causing or exacerbating psoriasis:
Dr. Rothfleisch typically diagnoses psoriasis after a thorough physical exam, comprehensive review of your medical history, and skin biopsy if needed. To treat your psoriasis, Dr. Rothfleisch might recommend one or more of the following treatment methods:
The primary goal of psoriasis treatment is to inhibit the cells’ rapid growth and reduce inflammation.
Adopting one or more of the following lifestyle measures may also help relieve your symptoms:
Dr. Rothfleisch helps you to manage psoriasis symptoms, so you can enjoy relief. Click or call to schedule your appointment.