The way to beat psoriasis is to outmaneuver it. Be informed. Be strategic. Be vigilant. We can't cure it altogether, but we can work with you to minimize its impact on your life.
EXCESSIVE SKIN CELLS CAUSED BY A FAULTY IMMUNE SYSTEM Psoriasis occurs when your immune system mistakenly activates white blood cells (T cells) that cause skin cells to grow too quickly. When these excess cells stack up on the skin's surface the result is psoriasis.
In order to develop psoriasis you must have inherited a specific mix of genes and you must have experienced a trigger. Stress, winter weather, strep throat, a bad sunburn, or a scratch could be your trigger. Lithium, some blood pressure medications, and some medications to prevent malaria can be triggers, too. Caucasian people get psoriasis more often than others.
Psoriasis is not contagious, but it is a chronic condition with no definitive cure.
There are many options for treating psoriasis. We will discuss these in detail with you, analyze your condition, and work with you to develop a treatment plan that delivers optimal relief with minimal disruption of your lifestyle.
Topical medications Mild to moderate psoriasis can often be controlled with one or more medications applied directly to the skin.
Light therapy A series of light treatments is a safe and effective option for patients who have the time and whose skin is not too sensitive. Laser therapy, ultraviolet B (UVB) light, and ultraviolet A (UVA) light combined with a lightsensitizing agent are among the most effective options.
Systemic medications Taken orally or by injection, these medications work throughout the body to treat moderate to severe psoriasis by decreasing the rate of skin cell growth. Some work by suppressing the immune system. All require close monitoring.
Biologics Regular injections or infusions of biologics over a period of weeks or months can often diminish the symptoms of moderate to severe psoriasis. Biologics are considered a safer option for long-term treatment.
There is no cure for psoriasis, but early intervention, active treatment, and careful management can be effective in controlling signs, symptoms, and progress of the condition.