Comprehensive Psoriasis Treatment and Management at the Center for Surgical Dermatology & Dermatology Associates

Psoriasis is a non-contagious skin condition caused by an abnormality in the immune system, leading to the accelerated production of new skin cells. Because the body cannot shed old skin cells quickly enough, these cells accumulate on the skin's surface, forming thick, scaly patches. Psoriasis affects 4.5 million Americans annually and is slightly more common in women.

Psoriasis presents itself in various forms, each with distinct characteristics:

Plaque Psoriasis: The most common form of the disease, appearing as red and pink patches with silvery scales. These typically occur on the scalp, elbows, knees, hands, and feet but can appear anywhere on the skin and may even affect the nails.
Guttate Psoriasis: Often diagnosed in children but also seen in adults, this type presents as small, drop-shaped lesions. It frequently follows a cold or flu-like illness, such as strep throat.
Pustular Psoriasis: Characterized by blistered, pus-filled lesions surrounded by reddened skin. It can appear anywhere but commonly affects the hands and feet.
Inverse Psoriasis: Occurs in skin folds, such as the armpits and groin, presenting as smooth, inflamed red patches.

At the Center for Surgical Dermatology & Dermatology Associates, we offer a variety of treatment options to help you manage psoriasis effectively. Our skin experts provide personalized care based on your specific type and severity of psoriasis. Treatment options for psoriasis may include topical treatments, light therapy, and systemic medications to control the immune response and reduce symptoms.

Understanding your triggers and maintaining a regular skincare routine are crucial in managing psoriasis. Common triggers include stress, skin injuries, infections, and certain medications. Our dermatologists work closely with you to develop a comprehensive care plan that addresses your unique needs, helping to minimize flare-ups and maintain healthy skin.

With the right dermatological care and support, you can manage psoriasis and improve your quality of life. Schedule an appointment with the Center for Surgical Dermatology & Dermatology Associates today to explore effective psoriasis treatments and start your journey toward healthier skin.

What are the Symptoms of Psoriasis?

  • Red, inflamed skin.
  • Silvery-white scales.
  • Itching or burning sensation.
  • Dry, cracked skin.
  • Thickened or pitted nails.
  • Joint pain and swelling in some cases.

What Causes Psoriasis?

  • Genetic factors: Psoriasis often runs in families, suggesting a genetic predisposition to the condition.
  • Immune system dysfunction: Abnormalities in the immune system can lead to an overactive response, triggering rapid skin cell growth.
  • Other health conditions: Psoriasis is associated with an increased risk of other health issues such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and certain autoimmune disorders.

How to Prevent Psoriasis

To prevent psoriasis, consulting with one of our dermatologists is crucial for personalized guidance. Dermatologists can help identify triggers, recommend suitable skincare routines, and provide insights into lifestyle adjustments that may minimize the risk of flare-ups. You healthy skin is our top priority. 

Psoriasis FAQs

Psoriasis is a chronic condition, meaning it doesn't have a cure. However, it can be managed effectively with treatments and lifestyle adjustments. Many people with psoriasis lead healthy, fulfilling lives by finding the right approach to control flare-ups.

Weather can impact psoriasis, with some people experiencing flare-ups in certain conditions. Cold, dry weather can be harsh on the skin. Moisturizing regularly and adapting your skincare routine based on the weather can help minimize discomfort.

While it's generally possible, it's essential to take extra precautions. Psoriasis can affect how your skin reacts to tattoos, and flare-ups can complicate the healing process. Consulting with your dermatologist before getting a tattoo or piercing is advisable.

Stress is known to trigger or worsen psoriasis flare-ups. Finding effective stress management techniques, such as exercise, meditation, or hobbies, can be beneficial. Discussing stress management strategies with your healthcare team, including your dermatologist, can contribute to better psoriasis control.

No, psoriasis is not contagious. You can't "catch" it from someone else, and it's not something you can spread to others through contact. It's an immune system-related condition, not an infection.

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Psoriasis Treatments

For patients with mild psoriasis, topical steroids are often prescribed. Other treatments that may be considered by your dermatology provider include but are not limited to:
  • Oral and injectable medications that affect the immune system to control the psoriasis.
  • Tight therapy treatment.
  • Laser treatment and more.
For more severe cases, systemic treatments like oral medications or biologics may be recommended to target the underlying immune response.

Our dermatologists tailor treatment plans to individual needs, emphasizing a balance between managing symptoms and minimizing potential side effects. Regular monitoring and follow-ups with our team of skin experts are crucial for effective psoriasis management and to develop a health skin routine for years to come.