There’s hope for those with psoriasis
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
August is Psoriasis Awareness Month, offering an opportunity to provide a greater understanding of the common skin disorder.
For starters, psoriasis doesn’t spread from person to person.
“Psoriasis is one of those conditions that can easily look like other things,” says physician assistant Nick Grimm, a dermatology services provider with Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic.
The itching, redness and scaly lesions of psoriasis can mimic squamous cell carcinoma, a common kind of skin cancer. That’s why people who think they may have psoriasis should immediately see a dermatology services provider.
“It’s very important that we’re not missing a skin cancer,” Grimm says.
There are several types of psoriasis. Each type has distinct symptoms and characteristics. Psoriasis can appear on the skin in a variety of ways and in a variety of places – scalp, armpit, groin, navel, elbow, knee, even fingernails and toenails. Thus, the treatment varies.
“When people go outside, they’re self-conscious about how their skin looks, what people think of their skin. For that reason, we treat psoriasis aggressively,” Grimm says. “We want to make sure that while we’re treating psoriasis, we’re cognizant of the fact that people are self-conscious.”
For people with psoriasis, there is hope. Treatments can include topical medicines, injectable therapies, oral medications or phototherapy with ultraviolet light.
Nick Grimm, PA-C, sees people with psoriasis and other skin conditions in Green Bay, Sturgeon Bay and Oshkosh. To request an appointment, call 920-288-8240 or do so online.