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What is Psoriasis and How Can You Treat It?

If you have scaly, itchy patches of skin that fade and flare up, you may have psoriasis. Treatment cannot cure psoriasis, but it can control your symptoms. You have a range of psoriasis treatment options, and we will customize a treatment plan to meet your needs. 

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a group of autoimmune conditions that cause T cells to attack your skin. This attack triggers your skin cells to divide more quickly, pushing new cells to the surface in a few days instead of weeks. In the most common type, plaque psoriasis, the excess skin cells build up into thick, scaly plaques. Symptoms of other types can include pigmentation changes, blisters, and hair loss. 

While psoriasis has a strong genetic component, some people develop psoriasis for no known reason. While plaque psoriasis is the most common, you may have another type on your scalp, nails, or in folds of skin.

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How Can You Treat Psoriasis?

At-Home Management

While at-home methods will not usually control psoriasis, they can help you feel more comfortable. Lukewarm baths, moisturizing, and using a humidifier can help. Avoiding fragrances, dyes, and other potential triggers can help with symptom relief. 

Topical Medications

You have many topical options for psoriasis control. 

  • Steroids, the most common treatment for mild to moderate psoriasis
  • Vitamin D analogs
  • Prescription-strength retinoids

While popular and effective, steroids should not be used for long periods. Topical treatments are usually applied to your plaques or areas where they typically occur, and you should follow your doctor’s instructions on applying them. 

Oral Medications

Oral medications make an excellent option for people with widespread psoriasis or a condition that has not responded well to topical treatments. 

  • Retinols
  • Methotrexate
  • Cyclosporine

These medications have some side effects, but they help many people achieve relief. You can use these in combination with topical treatments if your doctor approves it. 

Biological Medications

These newer medications work by moderating the behavior of the immune system to stop the T cell attacks that cause psoriasis flares. They can have dramatic results for people who have not responded well to other methods. Several are approved for use in children. 

Consultations Available Now

The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with one of our highly trained providers at New York Skin & Vein Center located in Oneonta, NY, serving the surrounding New York City areas with additional offices in Norwich, Binghamton, and Cobleskill.

Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment. Your journey to a healthier, happier you can start today.

Are There Any Side Effects with Psoriasis Treatment?

Most medications have some risk of side effects. Topical agents may cause dryness and irritation, and overuse of steroid creams can thin the skin. Oral agents can have side effects like dry skin, fatigue, and muscle aches. Your team will monitor for more serious side effects and will stop any treatments that do not suit you. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Psoriasis Treatment?

Only a consultation can determine for certain whether you are a good candidate. Some treatments work best if you have localized plaques, while another treatment may work better for large or widespread plaques. 


*Individual Results May Vary

Dr. Dohner and his team strive to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses their practice for their aesthetic and vein needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Dohner and his team of expert providers at New York Skin & Vein Center in New York.

Take the Next Step

To schedule your in-person psoriasis consultation, call New York Skin & Vein Centers at (607) 431-2525 or simply fill out the form on this page. We look forward to working with you.

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