Psoriasis Specialist

Southside Dermatology & Skin Cancer Surgery Center

Dermatologists located in Tulsa, OK

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 & Skin Cancer Surgery Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Your Southside Dermatology & Skin Cancer Surgery Center 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 & Skin Cancer Surgery Center for individualized psoriasis treatment by calling the friendly staff or booking an appointment online.

Psoriasis Q & A

What is psoriasis?

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.

What are the symptoms of psoriasis?

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:

  • Large, silvery-looking patches of skin (plaques)
  • Red, scaly rashes
  • Pustules
  • Red spots
  • Scaling sheets of skin
  • Itchy, rashy skin

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.

Is psoriasis contagious?

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.

Why do I have psoriasis?

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.

How can I treat psoriasis?

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 & Skin Cancer Surgery Center  for treatment.

How do dermatologists treat psoriasis?

To help you manage your psoriasis, the expert dermatologists at Southside Dermatology & Skin Cancer Surgery Center  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:

  • Light therapy
  • Retinoids
  • Tar treatments
  • Salicylic acid
  • Vitamin D analogues  
  • Corticosteroids  
  • Anthralin
  • Methotrexate

Roll up your sleeves and feel confident and comfortable again by getting psoriasis treatment at Southside Dermatology & Skin Cancer Surgery Center . Call or use the online booking form.