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A very common disease that forms as white, slivery patches on any part of the body is known as Psoriasis. Other symptoms include hair loss, stiffness and swelling of the joints, thick nails, and itchy dry skin. This skin disease is caused by an increase in the speed of the cycle of skin renewal. The skin produces cells to quickly, while previously made cells have not sloughed off yet. Red bumps that fill with white pus and ooze can be a sign to see a doctor. Sore scales that flake and bleed can be common signs of a flare-up. Stress, injury, or infection can trigger an increase in patches. Psoriasis mostly affects ages 18-35 and usually affects men more than women. Avoiding smoking and having a healthy diet are the first steps in controlling Psoriasis. Wearing a daily sunscreen with zinc oxide has been proven to assist in the healing process of these patches. If hair does not return, hair transplant may be necessary.

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While topical treatments such as Salicylic acid and Retinoids can be successful for treatment on a daily basis, sometimes more invasive treatments may be necessary. UV light therapy, such as the Blu-U Light, can successfully slow the accelerated growth of cells. Oral or injected medication may be necessary in more serious cases. 

See Dr. Atkins today to start your journey to remission from Psoriasis. The treatment is a process

and follow up visits are necessary to determine the cause. Appointments will be monitored on a

monthly basis in order to properly adjust the treatment process.

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