Expert Psoriasis Treatment in Long Island, NY
We all have experienced skin rashes that leave your skin dry and itchy. Some causes of irritated skin are from certain things you come in contact with like fabrics, chemicals or lotions that can be treated easily. Other causes, such as psoriasis, can be due to chronic inflammatory skin conditions that present uncomfortable sensations that cannot be treated with over the counter treatments. When you are living with psoriasis, you are presented with a unique set of challenges every day as your skin is in constant irritation that can be painful. It is important to work with an experienced dermatologist who will help you develop and navigate your psoriasis treatment plan. Israel S. Eckman, M.D. at Long Island Dermatology has been providing effective medical skincare services to his patients for over 20 years. We offer comprehensive care to patients of all ages in a calm, relaxing environment for a variety of skin, hair, and nail disorders, including fast, effective psoriasis treatment and management plans.
What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the immune system affecting the skin and joints. It may also affect the fingernails and toenails. The disease causes skin cells too grow too rapidly resulting in excess cells that pile up on the top surface of the skin in scaley or flakey patches. Psoriasis can also be associated with other medical conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and depression. Psoriasis can present itself in mild, moderate, or severe forms. If your condition is noticeable, painful, or affecting your day to day life it is important to seek treatment with a dermatologist.
Causes and triggers
While the exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, research in recent years suggests that dysfunction of T-cells may trigger symptoms of inflammation and immune response by your skin. Normally, T-cells find against disease and infection, but in psoriasis, the cells overreact which causes inflammation of the skin. On some occasions, psoriasis can be activated by certain medications, infections, and seasonal climates. Dr. Eckman at Long Island Dermatology can help pinpoint your unique triggers for flare-ups.
Types of psoriasis
Nearly 80 percent of psoriasis sufferers have plaque psoriasis, which presents as red lesions with silvery scales on the elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back. Other forms of the disease include guttate psoriasis, inverse psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, and erythrodermic psoriasis. Dr. Eckman will begin with an accurate diagnosis, so you can work together to create the right treatment plan for your form of psoriasis.
Symptoms of psoriasis
While the symptoms of psoriasis vary depending on the type and the person, one of the most common signs is the appearance of red, patchy skin that appears to be covered with silvery thick scales. You can consult with Long Island Dermatology call if you are experiencing symptoms such as small, scaly spots; dry, cracked skin, with or without bleeding; soreness, itching, or burning; swollen joints; or thickened, pitted nails, for further management.
Psoriasis relief and treatments
When you need relief from your psoriasis symptoms, topical treatments are typically the most helpful. After a comprehensive exam, Dr. Eckman will provide you with an accurate diagnosis, setting the foundation for your psoriasis treatment plan and helping to determine which medication would work best for you. Topical treatment options may include corticosteroids, tazarotene, or vitamin D. You may also benefit from oral methotrexate, ultraviolet B (UVB) and psoralen UVA (PUVA) phototherapy, or biologics for patients with moderate to severe psoriasis.
Your source for expert skincare
Israel S. Eckman, M.D. is dedicated to providing you with compassionate, expert skincare that’s custom-tailored to your needs. Whether you are making an appointment for psoriasis treatment, your annual skin exam, or cosmetic dermatology services, you can rest easy knowing you will receive the care and attention you deserve. We offer convenient scheduling, including night and weekend appointments, so you will be able to get the care you need when you need it. At Long Island Dermatology, we are committed to making your visit a pleasant, stress-free experience.
Call us today and schedule an appointment to find out more information and get relief today.
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