Itchy, embarrassing red, scaly psoriasis plaques affect up to 2.6% of United States women, men, and children, according to the National Institutes of Health. Stop hiding your skin and get relief from Alison Fischer, MD, and Robert Fischer, MD, expert board-certified dermatologists and founders of Southside Dermatology in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Your Southside Dermatology experts tailor your psoriasis treatment based on state-of-the-art oral and topical therapies. If you live in Tulsa or surrounding areas, contact Southside Dermatology for individualized psoriasis treatment by calling the friendly staff or booking an appointment online.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that prevents your skin from regularly shedding old and dead skin cells. The dead skin builds up, forming silvery, red, or white lesions known as plaques.
Psoriasis has a variety of physical manifestations but is basically a form of rash or lesion that can appear anywhere on your body. You may have psoriasis if you have:
Although psoriasis can appear anywhere on your body, commonly afflicted areas include the scalp, elbows, knees, and trunk. About 15% of people with psoriasis have a potentially debilitating condition called psoriatic arthritis.
Psoriasis isn’t contagious. You can’t pass it to another person, nor can you spread the plaques from one area of your body to another.
Although psoriasis manifests as skin lesions and plaques, researchers consider psoriasis to start with an overactive immune system. In some cases, psoriasis may be triggered by a streptococcal infection. Being under emotional or physical stress may worsen psoriasis.
Psoriasis also runs in families. However, it’s not passed on directly and tends to skip a generation. So, you probably won’t have psoriasis if a parent has it, but may develop it if a grandparent did.
You might be able to manage mild psoriasis with lifestyle modifications that boost your immune system, such as avoiding stress and eating a whole-foods diet. Drs. Alison and Robert Fischer recommend avoiding ibuprofen and beta-blockers, which may trigger a flare-up. If these measures don’t help, contact Southside Dermatology for treatment.
To help you manage your psoriasis, the expert dermatologists at Southside Dermatology tailor therapies to reduce your symptoms. Topical and oral therapies that support your immune system, control itching and other discomfort, or increase skin cell shedding include:
Roll up your sleeves and feel confident and comfortable again by getting psoriasis treatment at Southside Dermatology. Call or use the online booking form.