Psoriasis is an immune-mediated condition that causes the body to make new skin cells in days rather than weeks. The condition causes patches of thick red skin and silvery scales that are typically found on the elbows, knees and scalp. It’s largely treatable, but it’s important to see your dermatologist if you see any major changes in your skin. Dr. Tanya Nino, a dermatologist at Providence St. Joseph Hospital, explains when you should schedule an appointment with your dermatologist.
What are some of the reasons someone with psoriasis may need to call their doctor?
Psoriasis can have flare-ups that cause itching, discomfort, scaling and flaking of the skin. Other symptoms include scalp involvement, nail abnormalities and even joint pain and swelling.
For the symptoms you mentioned, why is it important to see your dermatologist in each case?
If your psoriasis continues to worsen despite efforts to get it under control, then it’s important to see your dermatologist to explore other treatment options. There are many avenues available to treat the condition, including topical, oral, injectable treatments or even ultraviolent light procedures. First and foremost, it’s important to confirm that your diagnosis is psoriasis. If there is psoriatic arthritis, joint destruction can be irreversible, so it’s best to stop it in its tracks.