Find the ideal treatment for your psoriasis in our office near Bethesda
Individuals affected by psoriasis experience a dysfunctional cycle in the turnover of skin cells. Normally, the skin will renew at an even pace. Affected by an autoimmune disorder, the skin will produce new cells faster than old cells can die and fall off. The result is the accumulation of skin cells on the epidermis.
Psoriasis may develop as one of several types and will manifest with specific symptoms associated with a certain type. Sometimes the toenails and fingernails may be affected. It is even possible for lesions to develop inside the mouth or in the genital area. In more severe cases, there may be joint involvement with the various joints of the body becoming stiff and limited in their range of motion.
Washington Dermatology Center is a recognized dermatologic practice that offers outstanding care for medical and cosmetic skin concerns. Our experienced staff develops treatment plans for patients based on their individual needs and expectations. To design customized care, we perform a thorough consultation during which we discuss medical history, lifestyle habits, and symptoms. An examination of the skin will also be performed in order to determine the skin condition that exists. When we have identified the type and severity of psoriasis, we can tailor a plan around these and other factors.
We have two goals in treating psoriasis. The first is to reduce existing symptoms. Additionally, we want to nourish and heal the skin and promote the normalization of cellular turnover in an effort to decrease the likelihood of flare-ups in the future.
There are several treatment options for psoriasis in our office near Bethesda
Topical medications to treat psoriasis may include vitamin D analogues, salicylic acid, corticosteroids, and other ingredients that will soothe skin irritation. A topical solution may be combined with another form of treatment, such as oral or injectable medication or phototherapy.
What is phototherapy?
Research has shown the psoriasis responds to light. The light used in professional phototherapy is not exactly the same as natural sunlight or tanning beds. At Washington Dermatology Center, phototherapy includes narrow band UVB light. The skin absorbs this light and responds by slowing its renewal of skin cells.
Treatment for your skin condition should be tailored to your specific needs. Contact Washington Dermatology Center for personalized psoriasis care.Back to Psoriasis Treatment Page