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Centreville, VA doctor explains why psoriasis spreads and provides effective treatment

Dr. Neeraja Mattay at Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, Inc explains why psoriasis spreads and provides effective treatment.

Centreville, VA patients seeking quality, comprehensive dermatological care are welcome to connect with the team at Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, Inc. We are dedicated to helping individuals achieve the results they desire with consistent care and attention. Our staff is here to assist with medical and cosmetic dermatology, and offers a variety of treatments for patients suffering from conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema.

Psoriasis explained

We describe psoriasis as a condition in which the skin naturally builds up too many skin cells in an area of the body. There are several types of psoriasis, including psoriatic arthritis, guttate psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, and erythrodermic psoriasis. Many of these are diagnosed on appearance alone, which is often the development of white, silvery scales and red skin on specific areas of the body.

Where does psoriasis develop?

While psoriasis can develop anywhere on the body, it is most commonly seen in areas such as the:

  • Knees
  • Elbows
  • Scalp
  • Back
  • Buttocks

Why do patients develop psoriasis?

Dr. Neeraja Mattay at Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, Inc explains possible treatment options for patients with psoriasisPsoriasis is a chronic condition that causes skin inflammation. It is unknown what truly triggers psoriasis, but it tends to be related to patients who have a “misdirected” immune system. There are also some indications that genetics play a role, as well as environmental factors. Some common triggers that can exacerbate this issue include:


  • Drug use
  • Alcohol use
  • Infections
  • Cold weather
  • Trauma

Patients who have psoriasis often have a family member with the condition as well. This autoimmune disease often runs in families. Patients may also notice psoriasis begin after they have had an immunological-related condition, such as strep throat, which can activate the condition in the body. After it has developed, however, it can be a chronic problem.

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Does psoriasis spread?

While psoriasis is not contagious, it can spread from one part of the body to another on a patient who has already been diagnosed with it. Therefore, diagnosis and treatment early on can reduce the risk of spreading while keeping the current troublesome area under control.

What are possible treatment options for patients with psoriasis?

Dr. Neeraja Mattay at Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, Inc explains about the process of receiving a diagnosis of psoriasis.While there is currently no cure for psoriasis, there are ways for patients to manage the condition to keep the disease from greatly impacting their overall quality of life. Treatment options for psoriasis may include anything from light therapies to topical medications. In most cases, the doctors of Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, Inc. may work with patients to combine a variety of treatments to address the condition initially, and then determine the best way for patients to manage it on a more long-term basis. This may include regular light therapies or the use of topical medications after the condition is under control. Treatment that works well for one patient may not work as well for another, so sometimes the process of controlling the issue includes the process of elimination. It is important that men and women have patience as finding the right method of treatment can take some time, just like treatments for eczema and acne.

What is the process of receiving a diagnosis of psoriasis?

In most instances, psoriasis can be diagnosed with a physical examination of the skin. It has a very distinct appearance, making it easy for doctors to spot and diagnose. Once a diagnosis has been made, patients can work with a professional to seek the most effective treatment options for their specific needs.

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If you struggle with psoriasis, or need a diagnosis and to discuss treatment options with a professional, contact the Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, Inc. We assist patients of all ages in our state-of-the-art facility. We provide medical and cosmetic dermatology solutions to men and women around Centreville, VA. Additionally, we have offices in Sterling and Chantilly, and serve patients out in satellite cities including Ashburn, Manassas, and Fairfax. Our practice is in Suite 301 at 13880 Braddock Road in Centreville, VA Call (866) 808-3140 and schedule an appointment with our team.


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Dr. Neeraja C. Mattay Reviewed by Andy. K.

I recently had an appointment at the Sterling office. Booking the appointment over the phone was easy and fast. Upon arrival, I found the front desk staff to be pleasant and efficient. My wait time was minimal in the waiting room and well as in the back room, which is always a nice thing with any doctor's office. When I did meet with the doctor, we discussed my issues and overall felt like all my questions and concerns were thoroughly answered before I left. No complaints, and will definitely be coming back if need be and recommending this practice to my family and friends.

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