Psoriasis

North County Dermatology Clinic

Dermatologists located in Lakeland, FL

Do you have itchy, scaly patches on your skin? Psoriasis is a common condition that causes skin cells to grow rapidly and build up on the surface of the skin. To relieve uncomfortable symptoms, visit North County Dermatology Clinic in Lakeland, Florida for treatment. Timothy E. Knight, MD and our board certified Physician Assistants offers a variety of injectable and topical medications to help diminish psoriasis and give you healthy skin once again. To book a consultation, call the office.

Psoriasis Q & A

North County Dermatology Clinic

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a medical condition that’s characterized by painful, scaly, red patches of skin. It develops when skin cells grow too rapidly, and the body cannot shed them at a normal rate. As a result, they collect on the surface of the skin and create irritating symptoms. There are different types of psoriasis, including plaque, guttate, inverse, and pustular. Some people have more than one type of psoriasis.

What are the symptoms of psoriasis?

The symptoms of psoriasis differ from one person to the next, but there are common signs of the condition, which may include:

  • Raised red patches of skin
  • Thick, scaly spots
  • Itching, cracking, and peeling
  • Redness and inflammation

You may experience psoriasis on many different areas of your body, including the arms, legs, face, chest, or genitals.

What causes psoriasis?

There are many contributing factors when it comes to psoriasis. It may be related to immune system dysfunction, where overactive T cells trigger a rapid production of skin cells. Genetics and environment may play a role in the development of psoriasis. Additionally, certain triggers could cause a psoriasis outbreak or flare, such as infection, injury to the skin, stress, smoking, or vitamin D deficiency.

How is psoriasis treated?

At North County Dermatology Clinic, Dr. Knight and our board certified Physician Assistants treat psoriasis with a number of different methods. He provides tailored treatment to each individual, and may include a variety of approaches to best suit your needs.

Depending on your symptoms, age, health history, and other factors, he might recommend:

Injectible biologics

These types of medications include Cosentyx, Humira, Taltz, Tremfya, Sterlara, and Siliq. Injectable biologics are drugs that target different functions of the immune system

Topical therapy

This may include specific creams or ointments to use on active psoriasis sores or lesions.

Medication

Dr. Knight offers otezla, a pill that helps to regulate inflammation and relieve symptoms of psoriasis.

With the right treatment, it’s possible to recover from psoriasis and lead a normal, healthy life. To have a personalized consultation about your symptoms, contact the office by calling today.