Psoriasis and its signs and symptoms are often misdiagnosed in the medical community, which can result in incorrect treatments. At Coastal Dermatology and Plastic Surgery, our team of physicians is experienced and in this condition and can help bring you a correct diagnosis as well as suggest treatments that help you manage your condition. Contact us today to schedule a consultation in Los Alamitos and surrounding areas!
Psoriasis, an Inflammatory Response to an Immune Condition
For those who suffer from scalp psoriasis, it can lead to self-consciousness about hygiene and appearance. Many patients who live with this condition tend to obsess over the cleanliness of their hair and scalp; many of them think that they have dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis, which can be controlled with deep cleansing. But Psoriasis flaking and crusting will form even in the most lustrous, shiny and healthy hair.
Those tell-tale white, silvery and yellowish flakes are not seborrhea; they are skin cells sent by the immune system in response to a non-existent infection. These are the same cells that the body produces to keep our skin fresh, but they stick to the scalp, elbows, nails, ears, and other parts of the body.
Psoriasis is Treated, Not Cured
Medical researchers have not yet pinpointed the precise cause of psoriasis. Most patients would like to see the scales go away completely along with the itching and discomfort that are often experienced, but such a cure has not been developed. Auto-immune conditions are difficult to study and treat; for this reason, the best course of action for psoriasis patients is to be treated by an experienced physician. At Coastal Dermatology and Plastic Surgery, our experienced medical team is on-site to address your concerns and offer professional advice and treatment suggestions for long-term psoriasis management.
After a thorough evaluation of your condition, patients may also be able to practice some self-management of psoriasis with shampoos, creams, and medications. Some lifestyle changes may also help manage symptoms. Psoriasis can flare up during periods of excitability and after eating certain foods, so discussing methods of relaxation and special diets with us may prove helpful as well.
In the end, although there may not be a cure for psoriasis at this time, proper dermatology treatments can go a long way to controlling this condition of the immune system and can help our patients in the Los Alamitos area live happy and fulfilled lives without having to worry about their psoriasis. Contact Coastal Dermatology and Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation and learn more!