Psoriasis

Psoriasis Specialist
Psoriasis is a common skin condition that affects people of all ages. Dr. Audrey Bruell provides diagnosis and treatment to patients in Livonia, Michigan, with the symptoms of this uncomfortable and embarrassing skin condition. To make an appointment with the Board Certified dermatologist, patients should contact Audrey Bruell, MD.

Psoriasis Q & A

by Audrey Bruell, M.D.

What’s psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic condition that causes thick patches to form in various locations on the skin. These patches, also called “scales,” are usually red, dry, and itchy.

What are the symptoms of psoriasis?

The most common symptom of psoriasis is the appearance of red patches of skin with silver scales. Patients also experience dryness, cracked skin, bleeding, burning, itching, and soreness. In addition, some patients with psoriasis develop swollen joints and thick, pitted nails.

What causes psoriasis?

Medical experts don’t know the exact cause of psoriasis. However, it may be related to a problem with the immune system. Researchers theorize that the immune system’s T cells attack healthy skin cells, causing them to build up rapidly on the skin.

What treatments are available?

The purpose of psoriasis treatments is to slow the growth of skin cells and reduce the formation of plaques. Treatments also work to remove existing scales and make the skin smoother. Some of the treatments Dr. Bruell recommends to psoriasis patients include:

  • Topical Treatments: Topical treatments include ointments and creams applied to the skin. These treatments alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis, as well as reduce the development of additional plaques.
  • Oral and Injectable Medications: Dr. Bruell may also prescribe oral or injectable drugs to control the symptoms of psoriasis. These drugs are more powerful than topical treatments, but may also cause side effects.
  • Light therapy: Light therapy is a treatment strategy that utilizes ultraviolet light to improve the symptoms of psoriasis. While this treatment may cause some short-term side effects, it can be effective when treating severe cases of psoriasis.

In many cases, Dr. Bruell prescribes more than 1 type of treatment to patients with psoriasis.

What are the side effects of treatment?

Different types of treatment cause different side effects. Topical treatments don’t cause many harmful effects. However, oral and injectable medications used for psoriasis may cause serious side effects, including hair loss, inflammation, nausea, and the possibility of birth defects. Light therapy may lead to the development of wrinkles and freckles, as well as an increased risk of skin cancer.

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