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Can I Treat My Psoriasis?
If you have psoriasis, the experts at Bryn Mawr Dermatology provide individualized treatment that helps you feel confident in your appearance. You can achieve clear and beautiful skin with help from our team.
For Psoriasis treatments in Villanova or Collegeville, contact our dermatologists today at 610.525.7800!
TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR PSORIASIS
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition. It develops when a person’s immune system sends faulty signals that tell skin cells to multiply too quickly. The body does not shed these excess cells, so they pile up on the surface of tissue, causing patches of psoriasis to appear. Patients may find that, without proper treatment, small areas of rough skin grow larger and that even nails are affected. Sometimes, psoriasis is itchy and, due to its appearance, can often cause social anxiety. With proper diagnosis and treatment, however, you can enjoy smooth and clear skin.
The professionals at Bryn Mawr Dermatology will find the best possible treatment for your psoriasis. Patients have several options available to help manage this bothersome skin condition:
- Topical steroid treatments
- Other topical treatments like vitamin D and anti-inflammatories
- Prescription oral medications
- Biologic medications (injectable medications)
- Ultraviolet light therapy
Topical medications including steroids, other anti-inflammatories, and exfoliatives are the most commonly prescribed medications for psoriasis and are often all you need to keep symptoms at bay. Our dermatologists can recommend prescription medications to help soothe skin in addition to an over-the-counter regimen that can assist with gentle cleansing and moisturizing. In cases of severe psoriasis, our dermatologists may also recommend oral or injectable medication for use in conjunction with topical treatments. Natural UV exposure can also be used to help control large affected areas.
PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS AND MANAGING YOUR CONDITION
Unlike psoriasis which only affects the skin, psoriatic arthritis involves the joints and is considered a more invasive disease. This type of arthritis often begins with a few swollen joints; a single finger or toe may be noticeably swollen. Some people feel stiff when they wake up, but as they move around, the stiffness fades. Not all people with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis but all people with psoriatic arthritis will experience some degree of both joint and skin symptoms. If you are diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis you will be referred to a rheumatologist who will manage your joint symptoms and the effect that arthritis has on your life. Bryn Mawr Dermatology will help mitigate the skin symptoms.
ACHIEVE CLEAR, SMOOTH SKIN AT BRYN MAWR DERMATOLOGY
Psoriasis isn’t contagious, but the unusual appearance of skin where excess cells have collected can make others wary of your condition and hesitant to interact. Medical dermatology patients understand this frustration first-hand and seek ways to gain the clear skin they’ve always wanted. Bryn Mawr Dermatology offers psoriasis treatment that is gentle and effective, often combining at-home and in-office care to meet your skin health goals.
We begin your treatment plan with a thorough consultation, allowing us to review any areas of the body where scaly patches of skin have developed. We can also go over your medical history and current medications to determine if certain components of your lifestyle are contributing to psoriasis flare-ups. Our professionals treat each patient with care and personal attention so that they can feel confident about our approach to medical dermatology.
WHAT TREATMENT IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Patients who have previously been treated for skin cancer or those who are at-risk for skin cancer may not be qualified for light and laser therapy that utilize UV-A and UV-B rays. As smoking, certain medications, alcohol consumption, and stress levels can all contribute to psoriasis, patients require a careful review of their concerns and medical history to determine whether they’re qualified for psoriasis treatment.
In general, almost all patients are qualified for treatment with topical medications, as these create the least number of potential side effects. Before prescribing oral medication for psoriasis, our Villanova and Collegeville dermatologists determine the severity of your condition and ensure the medication will not negatively interact with any other prescriptions you may be taking.
To help boost the effectiveness of your treatment plan, we recommend patients avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, and actively work on managing stress factors.
IN VILLANOVA & COLLEGEVILLE
Managing psoriasis requires help from a skilled team of skin professionals. At Bryn Mawr Dermatology, we provide treatment for plaque psoriasis in Villanova and Collegeville, the most common form of the condition, as well as other medical dermatology concerns.