Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin disorder that causes thick scaling and crusting of the skin. The growth cycle of the skin cells escalate, and the mature cells accumulate rather than being shed, resulting in a build-up of raised, scaly patches. The most commonly affected areas are the scalp, elbows, knees, hands, genitals, and feet. There are different types of psoriasis and each presents particular symptoms, and sometimes can mock other skin disorders. A biopsy may be performed to confirm the diagnosis of psoriasis so a treatment plan can be initiated. Psoriasis can be treated successfully and maintained with multiple medications.

medical dermatology | psoriasisHere at Georgia Dermatology Center, we provide the most advanced medications and treatment protocols in managing psoriasis. We understand the affects psoriasis has on our patients’ self-esteem, self-confidence, and daily activities.  Georgia Dermatology Center participates in psoriasis studies and is used as a medical research facility for treating psoriasis with biologics. We offer a variety of treatments from topical therapy to IV infusion therapy to help a patient maintain a healthy, self-assured appearance.

Psoriasis varies widely among affected individuals, and can appear all over the body,typically developing on the elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back, but it can also appear on your eyelids, ears, mouth and lips, skin folds, hands, feet, and nails. Raised, red patches covered with a silvery white build up of dead cells is a telltale sign of the condition. In addition, psoriasis has been linked to some serious health conditions, including psoriatic arthritis, which causes joint pain and stiffness. At Georgia Dermatology we understand that everyone’s skin characteristics differ, and a specialized treatment approach to eliminate your symptoms is warranted to minimize risk for psoriasis associated disease and your overall health.

Patients who suffer from eczema or psoriasis should avoid using household products that can irritate the skin like fragrant detergents, fabric softeners and dryer sheets. In addition, many daily activities contribute to the stripping of natural body oils, which leads to excessive dryness. Dry skin only intensifies eczema and psoriasis, so pass up hot showers and baths, and only use gentle cleansers, and moisturize.