Psoriasis

Island Dermatology -  - Board Certified Dermatologist

Island Dermatology

Board Certified Dermatologists located in Newport Beach, CA & Glendora, CA & Downey, CA & Santa Ana, CA & Victorville, CA

Psoriasis is a skin disorder that can cause large areas of scaly, itchy, red skin to develop. If you're finding it difficult to manage this incurable condition, board-certified dermatologists Navid Nami, DO, and Leila Ettefagh, MD, at Island Dermatology can help. They provide the most advanced treatments for psoriasis to relieve your discomfort and improve your quality of life. To benefit from their expertise, call the Island Dermatology office in Newport Beach, Glendora, Downey, Santa Ana, or Victorville, California, or book an appointment online today.

Psoriasis Q & A

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition in which red, scaly, itchy patches develop, most often on your knees, elbows, scalp, lower back, legs, and face.

Psoriasis tends to come and go in cycles where it flares up for weeks or months at a time, then improves. It can sometimes go into remission and clear up almost completely.

What symptoms does psoriasis cause?

Psoriasis affects people in different ways, but some common symptoms include having red skin patches with thick, silvery scales; burning or sore skin’ dry, cracked skin that might bleed or itch; and thickened, ridged, or pitted nails.

Psoriasis patches are sometimes just small spots of scaling that look like dandruff. However, the condition can worsen and affect large areas of your body, and at its worst, it can be disabling.

You could also have swollen, stiff joints and develop psoriatic arthritis.

What causes psoriasis?

Psoriasis seems to be a result of an immune system malfunction in which your skin regenerates more quickly than it should. With plaque psoriasis – the most common form of the disease – this causes a buildup of skin cells that form scaly patches.

The reason for the immune system problem is unclear but likely to involve environmental and genetic factors. People who are prone to psoriasis often find there are triggers that set off an attack, such as:

  • Skin infections
  • Conditions like strep throat
  • Cold, dry weather
  • Injuries like cuts, scrapes, and bug bites
  • Severe sunburn
  • Stress
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Certain medications
  • Coming off steroids too quickly

If you know what your triggers are, you may be able to avoid them. If you're affected by psoriasis, Island Dermatology provides the most effective treatments for your condition.

How is psoriasis treated?

The aim of your psoriasis treatment is to stop the rapid growth of skin cells and remove the scales. Initially, your provider at Island Dermatology is likely to prescribe topical therapies such as:

  • Ointments and other products containing corticosteroids
  • Calcipotriene and calcitriol vitamin D creams
  • Retinoid gel or cream
  • Calcineurin inhibitors
  • Salicylic acid
  • Coal tar
  • Anthralin

A different approach to treating psoriasis is with the use of light therapy. This treatment involves repeatedly exposing your skin to light for a set period.

UVB broadband or narrowband light therapy and excimer laser therapy are some options. Light therapies can also be more effective in combination with medication, which is how photodynamic therapy works.

If your psoriasis is severe or not responding to topical treatments and light therapies, you might need to take oral medications or have injections of drugs like steroids, methotrexate, or cyclosporine.

For effective relief of your psoriasis symptoms, call Island Dermatology today or book an appointment online.

 

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