Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder that can affect any part of the body from the scalp to the toenails, but most frequently affect the scalp, elbows, knees, hands, feet and genitals. Over seven million men and women in the U.S. of all ages have some form of psoriasis, which may be mild, moderate or severe. In addition, it may be categorized into different types: plaque, pustular, erythrodermic, guttate or inverse psoriasis. Most forms involve an itching and/or burning sensation, scaling and crusting of the skin.Type-specific symptoms include:
- Plaque psoriasis (the most common type): raised, thickened patches of red skin covered with silvery-white scales;
- Pustular psoriasis: pus-like blisters;
- Erythrodermic psoriasis: intense redness and swelling of a large part of the skin surface;
- Guttate psoriasis: small, drop-like lesions;
- Inverse psoriasis: smooth red lesions in the folds of the skin.
While the cause of psoriasis has yet to be discovered, suspected triggers include emotional stress, skin injury, systemic infections and certain medications. There is a possibility that susceptibility to psoriasis is inherited.
Latest Biologic Treatments for Psoriasis
There is no cure for psoriasis at this time, but we are learning more about what causes it. At South Nassau Dermatology we are proud to offer the newest and most promising treatment methods including biologic treatments, or "biologics," which target cells in the immune system (called T-cells) which produce chemical signals (called cytokines) that "tell" the skin to grow too quickly. Biologics block the production of T-cells so those signals aren't sent, resulting in an improvement in psoriasis symptoms.
We prescribe the newest cutting edge treatments including Enbrel, Humira, Stelara and Taltz. Patients can inject themselves at home or can come into the office for treatment. Results are usually seen within the first six weeks, with significant improvement by two to three months.
Latest Laser Treatment for Psoriasis
We now offer the Pharos Excimer Laser. The Excimer laser creates a concentrated, beam of ultraviolet light that is delivered to lesions through a hand piece that rests directly on the skin. By precisely targeting only active lesions without exposing healthy skin, the laser safely delivers high-dose psoriasis treatment for fast clearing and long remission.