Board Certified Dermatologist located in Boca Raton, FL
Dr. Michele Moraes is a skilled, board certified dermatologist, expertly trained to solve your skin problems. Psoriasis is an uncomfortable and chronic skin disorder that can disrupt your daily life. Call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Moraes at Boca Derm in Boca Raton, Florida, to treat irritating symptoms of psoriasis.
Psoriasis Q & A
What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is one of several persistent skin disorders that causes scaly dry skin. With psoriasis, skin cells multiply much faster than normal which causes the formation of raised, red plaques covered with silvery white scales. It can be extremely itchy and irritating, leaving those affected desperate for treatment.
Psoriasis typically occurs on the knees, elbows, and scalp, but can also affect the torso, hands, feet, and even genitals. In many cases, psoriasis can affect the entire body and may be associated with arthritis in some patients.
Although there is no cure for psoriasis, Dr. Moraes can offer the best medications to alleviate symptoms of this condition. Other lifestyle changes may also help, such as moisturizing, quitting smoking, and managing stress. Psoriasis is a chronic condition that will often come and go.
Abnormalities in the immune system can cause an episode of psoriasis. Factors such as stress, trauma, or an infection can also prompt a flare-up.
What are the signs and symptoms of psoriasis?
Many treatments are available to manage the symptoms of psoriasis. Symptoms of psoriasis depend on the type you have. For the most common type, plaque psoriasis, signs and symptoms include:
- Plaques of red skin that tend to be covered with loose, silvery white scales
- Itchy and painful lesions that sometimes crack and bleed
- Plaques coalescing and covering larger areas
- Pitting or discoloration of fingernails and toenails
- Plaques with scales or crust on the scalp
How is psoriasis treated?
By reviewing your medical history, performing a physical examination, and consulting with you about your symptoms, Dr. Moraes can determine the appropriate course of treatment for you.
There are three main types of treatment for psoriasis: topical treatments, systemic medications, and light therapy.
Topical treatments, such as corticosteroids, are effective in treating mild to moderate psoriasis and are considered the most frequently prescribed medications in reducing inflammation and itching.
If your condition is more severe, you may require systemic therapy using oral or injectable medications. Some of these medications include retinoids, methotrexate, and biologics.
Light therapy, such as UVB phototherapy, is another treatment option that is used to slow the turnover rate of skin cells, improving the symptoms of psoriasis.
Dr. Moraes’ expertise will help guide you in managing your symptoms so that you may find relief from your psoriasis.