Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a common, chronic skin condition. The result of a rapid buildup of skin cells, psoriasis causes red, raised, dry and cracked scaly patches, and even blisters, to form on the skin. In some cases, psoriasis affects the fingernails, causing yellowing and small depressions. Psoriasis can be mild, moderate or severe, and, in most cases, causes itching and burning in affected areas or skin.

Psoriasis is the result of an autoimmune disorder, in which skin cells replace themselves every 3 to 4 days, rather than the usual 30, creating a buildup of cells on the skin's surface, and causing symptoms to appear on the scalp, elbows, knees, hands, feet and genitals. Although there is no cure, there are several treatments available to effectively relieve symptoms. In the United States, more than seven million men, women and children have psoriasis.

Causes Of Psoriasis

Psoriasis is caused by an immune-system disorder involving a type of white blood cell called a "T lymphocyte" (T cell). Although T cells usually travel through the body to fight off viruses and other foreign substances, in patients with psoriasis, they attack healthy skin cells. This causes an increased production of healthy skin cells, which then build up on the surface of the skin, causing scaling and patches. The symptoms of psoriasis can worsen as a result of certain triggers, including the following:

  • Infections
  • Injury to the skin
  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol consumption

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1499 Lakewood Drive, Unit A
Morris, IL 60450

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Joliet , IL 60435

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Out of abundance of caution and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic we are screening patients based on the urgency and acuity of your need for a face to face encounter. If your care is deemed a non-essential healthcare service, your appointment will be rescheduled to a safer time or you will be offered teledermatolgy service using your computer or smartphone.

We are now scheduling telehealth visits for new and established patients, so we can promptly address your skin concerns. Please call the office at 815-941-5160 to set up a telehealth appointment.

If you will be coming to the office due to the essential or urgent nature of your skin condition, we suggest that companions wait in the car for the duration of the visit.

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