Reese Family Practice

Integrative Medicine & Primary Care located in Eugene, OR

Is itchy, scaly skin preventing you from enjoying your life to the fullest? These are symptoms of psoriasis, a common, treatable skin condition that’s easily managed with comprehensive care. Find the right treatment plan for you at Reese Family Practice in Eugene, Oregon. Led by Randy Reese, MD, the team is dedicated to helping you enjoy clearer, healthier skin. Call today or book online to schedule a consultation.

Psoriasis Q & A

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a common chronic skin condition that causes itching and can be quite painful. With psoriasis, cells pile up on the surface of your skin, forming scales and plaques. You’ll generally see plaques appear on your knees, elbows, scalp, and lower back.

Doctors believe psoriasis is an immune system disorder related to your family history and environmental factors. Psoriasis causes problems with T cells and a type of white blood cells called neutrophils. T cells typically act as your body’s defenders, attacking invaders like viruses or bacteria. When you have psoriasis, the T cells mistakenly attack healthy skin cells, causing redness and skin lesions.

What are the symptoms of psoriasis?

Psoriasis signs and symptoms are different for everyone. However, you may experience:

  • Itching, burning, or soreness
  • Dry, cracked skin that may bleed
  • Stiff and swollen joints
  • Ridged, thick, or pitted nails

You’ll also typically have patches of raised skin. These patches may appear as a few spots of dandruff-like scaling or look like eruptions of thick, silvery scales that spread across a large area.

How is psoriasis treated?

Your provider’s goal is to help relieve your symptoms so you can regain healthier skin. Your provider works with you to identify factors that cause flare-ups and recommends ways to prevent psoriasis from getting worse.

They create a treatment plan that’s right for you by considering such factors as:

  • The type of psoriasis
  • The severity of the psoriasis
  • Where psoriasis appears
  • How psoriasis affects your well-being
  • Any other medical conditions you may have

Your treatment plan may include creams you apply to your skin or oral medications to reduce inflammation and relieve itching. Your provider may suggest phototherapy, which uses focused laser light beams to treat psoriasis by slowing the build-up of skin cells and reducing or eliminating inflammation and itching.

Research shows phototherapy is effective for several types of psoriasis, including:

  • Small, persistent, thick plaques
  • Large areas of plaques
  • Nail psoriasis
  • Scalp psoriasis
  • Stubborn patches of psoriasis on your hands or feet

If you’re ready to learn more about the options available to help you clear up your psoriasis and enjoy a greater sense of well-being, call today and schedule an appointment with the holistic health practitioners at Reese Family Practice. You can also book an appointment using the online scheduler.