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An overactive immune system causes the skin cells to go into overdrive and grow much faster than normal skin. This rapid skin cell growth results in flaky thick itchy patches of skin – psoriasis. The exact cause of the skin condition remains unknown and it can affect any part of the body. Symptoms usually occur between the ages of 15 – 25, even though they can develop at any age, and affects all skin types.
Some people have a genetic predisposition where the genes responsible for the immune system are different and send confusing signals that promote inflammation instead of healing. In addition, the following may trigger psoriasis:
A board-certified dermatologist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the skin, nails, and hair. Dr. Margo Weishar can diagnose psoriasis by examining your skin, nails, and hair. She may also remove a bit of skin to examine under a microscope. A detailed medical history and questions related to your symptoms will also be asked during the consultation.
Each patient is unique, thus your psoriasis treatment plan will be unique to you based on the type, area affected, severity, and impact on your quality of life. This chronic skin condition may be treated in a number of different ways, including:
Book your appointment with Dr. Weishar, an award-winning board-certified dermatologist, and improve your quality of life with psoriasis in Montgomery and Bucks County.