Do you feel uncomfortable by the appearance of red patches of scaly skin on your elbows, knees and trunk, or elsewhere on your body? You are not alone. As many as 7.5 million Americans suffer from psoriasis. Many times these patches can be treated with simple non-surgical treatments or medications. Dr. Steve Musick, and his team of highly skilled dermatology professionals are here to help you.
WHAT IS PSORIASIS?
Psoriasis is a condition that usually appears between the ages of 15-35 but can onset at any age. It can have uncontrolled flareups and remissions throughout your life. Psoriasis is a genetic disease, and is not contagious. Unfortunately, there is no known cure. However, excellent treatment is available and Dr. Musick will try to minimize your psoriasis with treatments in our facility in Swansea, IL.
There are several types of treatments for psoriasis including:
Phototherapy or light therapy – PUVA, where your skin is exposed to regular treatments using and ultra-violet light under extreme medical direction.
Dr. Musick may prescribe an over-the-counter (retail) topical product, a topical non-steroidal or a topical steroidal cream. Topical medications slow/normalize excessive cell reproduction (flakiness) and inflammation (redness).
For more serious types of psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis, Dr. Musick may prescribe an oral medication or an injection biologic medication especially if you have not responded to other medical treatments.
Dr. Steve Musick is Board-Certified by The American Board of Dermatology and treats all types of skin conditions in the Swansea, IL and St. Louis metropolitan area. There are numerous treatments that Dr. Musick and his team perform, and it is best to make an appointment for proper evaluation of any skin condition.
To make an appointment, call Musick Dermatology in Swansea, IL today at 618-628-2588. We accept most health insurance programs.