Medical Dermatology

Medical Dermatology

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic and recurrent disease that affects 2 to 4% of the population.  It is characterized by itchy red lesions with clearly defined edges and silvery scaly plaques.    It can vary in intensity from a few small random spots to several areas of the body.  The most common sites for psoriasis are scalp, elbows, forearms, lower back, knees, hands and feet. Psoriasis can also affect the finger- and toe nails, which can resemble a fungal infection.  Psoriatic arthritis can affect 10-30% of patients with skin psoriasis.  Recently, psoriasis has been associated with increased risk for cardiovacular disease and other internal conditions.

Treatments include: topical creams and ointments (such as cortisone, coal tar and Vitamin D), phototherapy (UVA and UVB), oral medications (Methotrexate, Cyclosporine and Soriatane, Otezla), and biologicals/injectibles.

Therapy for psoriasis has drastically changed in the past decade.  We have much more to offer besides the messy tar ointments of the past.  Check out what's new at you next visit!