What is psoriasis?
This disease is a chronic (long-lasting) inflammatory condition that causes red scaly patches on the skin.
What causes psoriasis?
Psoriasis is an auto-immune condition that triggers skin cells to grow faster than normal and pile up on the surface. The result is itchy patches of raised, reddish skin covered by silvery-white scale that can crack and bleed. Redness and thickened skin is often seen at creases in knees, elbows, lower back and neck as well as the scalp and other skin folds. There are different types of psoriasis, the most common being plaque psoriasis.
How do we treat psoriasis?
- After a through consultation and skin evaluation, we will recommend treatments focused on relieving your symptoms. Some treatment options include:
- Topical custom-compound medications from our formulary
- Prescription topical medications
- Corticosteroid injection therapy
- UV light therapy
- Prescription oral medications
What can I expect?
Patients with psoriasis often experience flares and remissions of symptoms throughout their life. Since treatment results vary from patient to patient, we aim to find the treatment that gives the best clearance.
We apply a topical numbing cream for 20 minutes prior to injections for psoriasis to reduce discomfort associated with the procedure.
To learn more about your condition: National Psoriasis Foundation
Have a question about your treatment?
We have a dedicated triage nurse (RN) who answers patient questions during office hours. If you have a problem or question about a procedure or a prescribed medication, please call our office and ask to speak to our nurse. If she is unable to answer your question, she will consult with your practitioner and return your call.