Psoriasis Specialist

Palm Beach Dermatology Group

Dermatologists located in Delray Beach, FL

About 2-3% of the entire world population has psoriasis today. Psoriasis symptoms usually include highly irritated skin, flaky skin patches, and sometimes also silver-white scales. The highly experienced doctors at Palm Beach Dermatology Group in Delray Beach, Florida, offer treatments that can calm your psoriasis symptoms and reduce flare-ups in the future. Click the online booking tool or call the office to calm your psoriasis now.

Psoriasis Q & A

What are the symptoms of psoriasis?

Symptoms vary by type of psoriasis. The five kinds of psoriasis are:

  • Plaque psoriasis: marked by inflamed patches of skin with silvery-white scales on top
  • Guttate psoriasis: small red dots on the skin, usually in children
  • Inverse psoriasis: large smooth bright red patches of skin in the armpits, groin, or behind knees
  • Pustular psoriasis: small clusters of pus-filled blisters, usually on your fingers, hands, or feet
  • Erythrodermic psoriasis: red skin that resembles burns, sheds in sheets or large pieces

If you’ve got any of the psoriasis symptoms above, it’s important to get treatment from a professional. Psoriasis symptoms may occur in cycles, but they don’t go away unless you get medical help. Your Palm Beach Dermatology Group dermatologist can treat your symptoms and help you achieve remission.

What causes psoriasis?

The cause isn’t known for certain right now. If you suffer from psoriasis, your immune system essentially attacks itself, causing your body to try to repair the damage with new skin cells. The reason for this immune system malfunction isn’t certain, but you may be prone to this type of immune problem due to genetics.

What treatments address psoriasis?

There is a range of possible treatments, including:

Topical treatments

You apply these treatments to the psoriasis flare-ups. Options include corticosteroids, calcineurin inhibitors, coal tar, or vitamin D cream.

Phototherapy

Phototherapy, or light therapy, is exposure to the healing components of UV-A or UV-B light. You typically have multiple brief treatments to trigger symptom relief.

Systemic

Systemic treatments affect the immune system, and they're usually used for psoriasis that doesn't respond to other treatments. Some of these medications are oral while others are injected by your dermatologist or administered through infusion.

Your dermatologist prescribes a treatment option that will give you the best relief and the lowest odds of flare-ups. You’ll also work with your dermatologist to determine psoriasis triggers. Sometimes you can make a few lifestyle changes to help you minimize flare-ups. The combination of treatment and lifestyle changes can help you live psoriasis free.

Use the online scheduling tool or call the Palm Beach Dermatology Group office to book your appointment for psoriasis help now.