Rachel Day, M.D. of OneSkin Dermatology helps people in the Greater Chambersburg, PA area with treatment and continuing control of psoriasis. Psoriasis is a persistent skin condition that results when skin cells grow too quickly. It causes red, flaky, light-colored patches of skin that may be itchy, inflamed, scaly, and can even scab. Regular skin cells cycle and flake off about every four weeks (once a month). Those suffering from psoriasis possess skin cells that build quickly and form what are called plaques. They can vary in diameter and position within your system, forming around the elbows, knees, hands, head, and lower spine.
There are quite a few different forms of psoriasis. One type, referred to as plaque psoriasis, is the most common. Many cases of psoriasis are deemed moderate and are difficult to cure. Psoriasis may require several therapies during an individual's lifetime. It's essential to remember that psoriasis is not contagious and cannot be spread person to person. When it's diagnosed, it's merely a matter of addressing the symptoms so flare-ups can be minimized.
"I was so nervous and self conscious about going to the dermatologist for the first time and both Dr. Day and her staff were amazing! Dr. Day was super kind and easy going and professional which made the visit a wonderful experience. I love how thorough she is and how she takes time to explain information to you to make sure you understand. Highly recommend her for your dermatologic needs!"- H.R. / Google / Jun 26, 2020
"Dr. Day is very professional and makes you feel comfortable. Staff were helpful and all were following precautions due to Covid-19. Will return and refer others!"- M.N. / Google / Oct 30, 2020
"Absolutely love oneskin dermatology and dr day and her entire staff!! I went in feeling horrible about my skin and In tears everyone in the office was wonderful caring and non judgmental. They got me in for my first apt the next week and dr day spent an hour with me herself literally holding my hand as I cried and said I didn’t know what else to do with my skin. I had severe rocasea that had never been diagnosed along with some hormonal acne going on which had scarred my skin . They are so caring there and my skin has done a 180 in a few short months. Never met a more caring dr or team she has there if anyone is reading this and in need of a wonderful dermatologist and staff there is no better place to go. The compassion and treatment you receive is beyond amazing. Thank you dr day and your incredible team for all your treatment mentally and skin wise you have given me so much confidence back look forward to my next treatment with you soon."- S.H. / Google / Oct 29, 2020
"My wife and I both had first time appointments recently. We arrived prior to appointment time and were pleasantly welcomed by the receptionist. We completed our paperwork in a clean and brightly lit reception area. Shortly after arrival we were shown to a room where Dr. Day and her nurse practitioner introduced themselves and began a complete exam for any evidence of skin cancer. During the exam, and after, Dr. Day offered advice on skin care as well as some skin care products. We found both Dr. Day and the entire staff pleasant, proficient, and professional."- W.L. / Google / Oct 27, 2020
"I highly recommend OneSkin Dermatology. Dr. Day is very friendly, answered my questions and spent as much time as needed with me. I never felt rushed or dismissed. Dr. Day removed an abnormal mole and sent it away for a biopsy. She personally called with the result (which was a positive result!) within a few days. Her staff is very helpful and friendly. The office is beautiful too!"- L.B. / Facebook / Oct 05, 2020
Experts haven't yet pinpointed what causes psoriasis. The basic idea is your immune system panics, causing inflammation and flaky skin. It's thought that this may arise from genetic factors. Roughly 1/3 of those with psoriasis have a couple of family members with this skin condition. Scientists think that specific genes interact with one another, contributing to the development of psoriasis. But it seems you have to inherit the ideal blend of genes and then be exposed to a specific trigger in order to actually present with the disease. Symptoms may appear following a known trigger, like a stressful occasion, taking particular drugs, dry weather, or even a terrible sunburn.
Widely recognized symptoms associated with psoriasis are elevated, vivid, reddish patches of skin that are coated with loose, silvery scales. Plaques can appear symmetrically, locating themselves in precisely the same place on either side of your body, like on both of your knees or both arms. If symptoms appear on your scalp, they can range from minor scaling to regions of thick, scabbed plaques. Itchiness commonly occurs just prior to flare-ups, particularly when psoriatic spots show up in body folds underneath the breasts or buttocks. Tiny regions of skin irritation may happen when scales are pulled up or scratched off. This is called Auspitz's sign.
Though there's not any cure for psoriasis, it can be managed with treatment. There are different options available based on the severity and type of psoriasis you are experiencing. Minor cases may be cleared with prescription creams, ointments, and lotions. If your head is affected, oils, shampoos, and sprays may be used. Systemic drugs are prescription medications taken by mouth or injected, which work through the entire body. They are commonly used for patients with moderate or severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. In addition, laser treatments can provide tremendous help for some psoriasis cases. Employing phototherapy to expose an individual's skin to a specialized ultraviolet light helps minimize symptoms.
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Psoriasis can be embarrassing or uncomfortable and may make it hard to complete simple, daily activities. If that is the case for you, and you're living in the Chambersburg, PA area, we invite you to contact OneSkin Dermatology. During your appointment with Dr. Rachel Day, your condition will be evaluated and a treatment plan personalized to make your symptoms manageable and improve your quality of life.