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Dermatologist-recommended psoriasis treatment at the Center for Surgical Dermatology.


What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a common chronic skin condition, affecting more than 8 million people in the U.S. Considered an autoimmune condition, psoriasis is characterized by red, scaly, itchy plaques on the skin. 

It can affect any part of the body, but the most common areas it shows up are the elbows, knees, scalp, soles of the feet, and back. Psoriatic patches can be minor and occur in just a few small spots, or in more severe cases, they can cover large areas of the body. 

There are many different types of psoriasis that can affect the skin and nails, with plaque psoriasis being the most common form. This type causes raised, dry, red patches covered in silvery-looking scales and can often be itchy, tender, or sore.

Patient scratching a psoriasis rash

Psoriasis FAQs

If you are curious about psoriasis and would like to learn more about this common skin condition, browse our FAQs section below. Our board-certified dermatologists explain what psoriasis looks like, the different types, what causes psoriasis flare-ups, and how we treat psoriasis at the Center for Surgical Dermatology. 

Since there are several different forms of psoriasis, it can show up on the skin in many different ways. Generally, psoriasis looks like the following:  

  • Red, scaly patches of thick skin
  • Dry, cracked skin that itches and may bleed
  • Small, scaly patches of skin (also known as guttate form)
  • Swollen or stiff joints
  • Burning or soreness within the thickened areas

If you are experiencing these uncomfortable psoriasis symptoms, get in touch with our practice for dermatologist-recommended psoriasis treatments in Westerville, Ohio. Our team deeply understands this common skin condition and can help you find relief. 

Yes, there are several different types of psoriasis. At the Center for Surgical Dermatology, the most common types that our board-certified dermatologists diagnose and treat include: 

  • Plaque Psoriasis
  • Guttate Psoriasis
  • Inverse Psoriasis
  • Pustular Psoriasis
  • Erythrodermic Psoriasis

We can help you determine which type of psoriasis you are experiencing. Give us a call at (614) 847-4100 and schedule an appointment with one of our providers. 

While there isn’t a direct link between genetics and psoriasis, research shows that there is a strong chance you will develop this condition if it runs in your family. 

According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, about one out of three people with psoriasis report having a relative with psoriasis. If one parent has psoriasis, a child has about a 10 percent chance of having psoriasis. If both parents have psoriasis, a child has approximately a 50 percent chance of developing the disease.

Each person is unique, but there are some common triggers for psoriasis flare-ups, including:

  • Weather, especially if it’s cold and dry
  • Stress
  • Smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Cuts or scrapes to the skin
  • Severe sunburns
  • Infections (of the skin or otherwise)
  • Medications

Uncovering your triggers and learning how to avoid them to reduce the frequency of your psoriasis flare-ups is a key part of any psoriasis treatment plan. 

At the Center for Surgical Dermatology, our team of experienced providers will work with you to identify your unique psoriasis triggers and provide personalized advice on how to avoid your exposure to them. Contact us to learn more.

While research shows that UV exposure can temporarily help improve mild to moderate psoriasis by reducing inflammation and scaling, too much sun exposure can do more harm than good, as this increases your risk for skin cancer. 

Psoriasis is not contagious and cannot be spread from person to person through skin-to-skin contact. 

Psoriasis is a chronic condition that cannot be permanently cured. However, with the right psoriasis treatment you can reduce the frequency and severity of your flare-ups for long-term relief.

At the Center for Surgical Dermatology, our board-certified dermatologists focus on managing the symptoms through lifestyle modifications and medications. Our personalized psoriasis treatment plans often include a tried and tested combination of: 

  • Topical creams (i.e. salicylic acid, corticosteroids, coal tar, or prescription retinoids)
  • Injectable medications (also known as biologics)
  • Oral immunosuppressive medications
  • Lifestyle changes

If you are interested in learning more about our psoriasis treatment in Westerville, Ohio, get in touch with our practice and schedule a consultation with one of our experienced providers. Together, we can work to improve your psoriasis symptoms for long-term comfort.


Psoriasis Photos

Do you know what psoriasis looks like? Browse our psoriasis pictures below to get a better idea of how psoriasis may show up on your skin. If you are showing similar symptoms, contact us and let’s work together to help you find relief. 

CLOSE UP: Unrecognizable Female Patient Suffering From Psoriasis Skin Disease
The Man On The Arm And Abdomen Psoriasis
Psoriasis On A Middle0age Man's Knees
Psoriasis On A Patient's Leg

Professional Psoriasis Treatment in Westerville, Ohio

Psoriasis can be a tricky skin condition. Fortunately, the team of board-certified dermatologists at the Center for Surgical Dermatology is highly trained and experienced in helping patients manage their psoriasis through personalized treatment plans. If you are ready to experience relief from your uncomfortable symptoms, schedule an appointment today at our state-of-the-art dermatology practice. 

Schedule your psoriasis treatment in Westerville, Ohio, by requesting an appointment online or by calling our clinic at (614) 847-4100.

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Have questions or concerns? Please give us a call at 614.847.4100.

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