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Psoriasis Specialist

Midwest Dermatology

Dermatologists located in Arlington Heights, IL & Bloomingdale, IL

With extensive background in diagnosing and treating psoriasis — a condition characterized by cracked skin or red patches of skin — leading dermatologists at Midwest Dermatology offer plenty of solutions for this uncomfortable skin condition. The doctors at Midwest Dermatology in Arlington Heights and Bloomingdale, Illinois provide flexible scheduling to patients needing immediate relief from psoriasis flare-ups. You can schedule your psoriasis evaluation through the online scheduling system, or by calling the clinic.

Psoriasis Q & A

What is psoriasis?

It’s believed that psoriasis, which often manifests as cracked skin or as red patches on your skin, is related to problems with the white blood cells known as T-cells and neutrophils. Usually, these cells fight off foreign invaders to keep you healthy.

When you have psoriasis, though, these white blood cells attack healthy skin cells. The faulty white blood cells go into overdrive and replicate more white blood cells, which travel into your skin. This process continues, forcing new skin cells to the top layer of your skin too quickly — in days, not weeks — which ultimately causes your psoriasis symptoms.

How do I know if I have psoriasis?

Psoriasis is known for causing uncomfortable and embarrassing symptoms, but no two cases of psoriasis are the same. Plus, with each flare-up, you might have varying degrees of symptoms, from a few small patches to larger areas. You may experience one or more of the following issues:

  • Dry, cracked, or bleeding skin
  • Overly thick or ridged nails
  • Red patches covered with silvery scales
  • Itching, burning, or soreness
  • Stiff and swollen joints

Is there a cure for psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic, lifelong condition. While no cure exists, you can make several lifestyle changes, including reducing stress, quitting smoking, and getting more vitamin D.

Additionally, several medications are available to treat psoriasis symptoms. The dermatologist might have you try:

  • Topical corticosteroids
  • Topical retinoids (vitamin A)
  • Aloe vera creams
  • Fish oil supplements
  • Creams that slow skin cell growth

Depending on the severity of your psoriasis, you may also benefit from light therapy, during which you expose your skin to a controlled amount of ultraviolet light. These brief treatments help boost vitamin D production, which helps minimize inflammation.

Book your psoriasis evaluation at Midwest Dermatology in  Arlington Heights and Bloomingdale, Illinois by using the online scheduling system or by calling the clinic.

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