Common Symptoms of Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin condition characterized by the rapid buildup of skin cells, leading to red, thickened patches with silvery scales. It can cause itching, discomfort, and self-consciousness, affecting one's quality of life. Dr. Terry Garbacz, dermatologist at Dermatology North of Texas, alleviates psoriasis in Wichita Falls, TX.

With his expertise and specialized treatment options, including topical creams, phototherapy, oral medications, and biologic therapies, Dr. Garbacz tailors individualized treatment plans to manage symptoms effectively. His compassionate approach, advanced techniques, and cutting-edge technology ensure patients receive the best care and support for their condition. Visiting Dr. Garbacz can provide much-needed relief, helping patients regain confidence and improve their overall well-being.

Common Symptoms of Psoriasis

Psoriasis manifests in various ways, with distinct symptoms that can significantly impact your daily life. The most common symptom is the development of raised, reddish patches of skin, often covered with silver or white scales.

These patches can appear anywhere on the body but commonly affect the elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back. They may be itchy, tender, or painful, causing discomfort and irritation. For example, you might notice a persistent, scaly patch on your scalp that flakes and itches or rough, reddened skin on your elbows that feels sensitive to touch.

Psoriasis can also affect the nails, causing them to become thickened, pitted, or discolored. In some cases, joints may be affected, leading to a condition known as psoriatic arthritis, characterized by joint pain, swelling, and stiffness. Identifying these symptoms is crucial in seeking early diagnosis and appropriate treatment from our dermatologist.

Know When to Consult Our Dermatologist

If you suspect psoriasis, it's wise to consult Dr. Garbacz when you experience persistent skin changes like red, scaly patches, itching, or discomfort. Additionally, we recommend a dermatologist's advice if home remedies or over-the-counter treatments haven't provided relief within a few weeks. Our dermatologist will assess your condition, possibly through a physical examination, medical history review, or skin biopsy.

Treatment options for psoriasis may include topical creams or ointments, light therapy, oral medications, or biologic injections. The chosen treatment will depend on the severity of symptoms, location, and individual factors. Regular follow-ups and open communication with our dermatologist ensure the best management plan for your psoriasis.

Please explore our website to learn about the conditions we treat and the services provided. Take control of your psoriasis in Wichita Falls, TX, today, and call us at (940) 767-3376 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Terry Garbacz at Dermatology North of Texas to regain confidence in your skin.