Psoriasis is a chronic condition that can flare up at any time.
It develops when a person’s immune system sends faulty signals that tell skin cells to grow too quickly. New skin cells form in days rather than weeks.
The body does not shed these excess skin cells. The skin cells pile up on the surface of the skin, causing patches of psoriasis to appear.
The plaques that appear on the skin are red, raised and have a silver-type scale that sheds regularly. It also can come with symptoms of itching and burning. Dry air, decreased sunlight exposure and colder temperatures can contribute to flare ups.
Psoriasis is not contagious. You cannot get psoriasis from touching somebody who has it.
The red, rough looking patches are unsightly and often cause the psoriasis sufferer embarrassment.
At Koger Dermatology’s Psoriasis Center patients can expect a team approach to treatment of their condition. New patients receive a comprehensive evaluation. An individualized treatment plan is designed. The treatment plan can include topical medications, laser treatments and oral or injectable medications. Staff members are trained in skin care techniques that can help improve appearance.
Quality of life issues are also considered. Psoriasis can affect a patient emotionally and have an impact on relationships at home, work, school and socially. Our goal is to help minimize the effect of psoriasis on a patient’s life.
It is very important for individuals with psoriasis to see a physician that specializes in psoriasis care.
Dr. Koger has a special interest in the care and treatment of psoriasis.