Psoriasis services offered in Near John C. Lincoln hospital , Phoenix, AZ

If you develop discolored, scaly, flaky, or thickened skin, you could have psoriasis. At Dermatology Associates, with two locations in Phoenix, Arizona, the board-certified dermatology team offers treatments for psoriasis to achieve the clear, healthy skin you deserve. Schedule a psoriasis evaluation at Dermatology Associates by phone or online today.

Psoriasis Q & A

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin condition that causes inflammation and other symptoms that might appear unsightly. It’s characterized by scaly areas of skin and sometimes discomfort. If you’re at risk of psoriasis or suspect you have it, see your dermatologist for an evaluation. The Dermatology Associates team is highly skilled in diagnosing and treating psoriasis. 

What are the symptoms of psoriasis?

Psoriasis can cause the following symptoms:

  • Skin inflammation
  • Discolored skin
  • Scaly skin
  • Rash
  • Raised areas of thickened skin
  • Flaky skin that sheds
  • Small bumps that grow
  • Joint pain
  • Skin itching
  • Cracked, dry skin
  • Painful skin
  • Crumbly, pitted, or cracked nails

Your symptoms might be mild, moderate, or severe. They can affect your scalp, face, mouth, knees, and elbows, as well as your genitals, low back, hands, feet, fingernails, or toenails. 

About one in three people with psoriasis develop arthritis. 

What are the risk factors for psoriasis?

Risk factors that may contribute to developing psoriasis or symptom flare-ups include:

  • Overactive immune system
  • Family history of psoriasis
  • Stress
  • Infection
  • Skin injury
  • Some medications
  • Body temperature changes
  • Psoriatic arthritis

Psoriasis affects millions of people — more than 3% of people in the United States.

How does my provider diagnose psoriasis?

A Dermatology Associates specialist diagnoses psoriasis after examining your skin, discussing your medical history, and reviewing your lifestyle habits. They may also complete a skin biopsy to confirm your diagnosis. During the biopsy, they take a sample of your skin and examine it under a microscope.

How is psoriasis treated?

Your Dermatology Associates specialist may recommend one or more of the following treatments for psoriasis:

  • Skin moisturizers
  • Steroid creams
  • Medications
  • Medicated shampoos or lotions
  • Vitamin ointments or creams

Your personalized treatment plan is based on the severity of your symptoms, your age, the location of the symptoms, and your overall health. Aim to avoid psoriasis flare-up triggers and maintain healthy lifestyle habits. 

The Dermatology Associates team follows up with you to ensure your treatment is effective. They may alter your treatment plan if needed to ensure long-lasting results and healthier skin.

Schedule an appointment at Dermatology Associates by phone or online today to get treated for psoriasis.