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Psoriasis Q&A

A Private Medical Practice & Dermatologist located in Grapevine, TX

Psoriasis services offered in Grapevine, TX

If you develop a patchy rash or scaly skin, it could be because of psoriasis. At his private practice in Grapevine, Texas, board-certified dermatologist James R. Bond, Jr., MD, PA, diagnoses and treats psoriasis to make your skin look and feel healthier. Call his office to learn more or use the online booking feature today.

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes scaly patches and itchy skin, often on your scalp, trunk, knees, or elbows. It can feel painful when left untreated, interfering with sleep or making it difficult for you to concentrate at work or school. Dr. Bond offers solutions that reduce psoriasis flare-ups.

What are the symptoms of psoriasis?

The common symptoms of psoriasis include:

  • Rashes that vary in color
  • Scaling spots
  • Patchy rash
  • Dandruff-like scaling
  • Cracked, dry skin that sometimes bleeds
  • Burning, sore, or itchy skin

Psoriasis rashes may flare up for several weeks or months and subside for a while before returning, as there’s no cure for this skin condition. 

When left untreated, complications might include eye conditions, psoriatic arthritis, autoimmune diseases, other chronic conditions, skin hyperpigmentation, or mental health challenges.

What are the risk factors for psoriasis?

Some of the risk factors for developing psoriasis include:

  • Family history of psoriasis
  • Smoking
  • Skin injuries or infections
  • Some medications
  • Heavy alcohol consumption 
  • Rapid withdrawal of corticosteroids

However, the exact cause of psoriasis isn’t entirely understood. Both environmental and genetic factors may play roles in its development. 

How does my doctor diagnose psoriasis?

Dr. Bond often diagnoses psoriasis after reviewing your symptoms, discussing your medical history, and examining your skin and scalp. He may take a small skin biopsy and examine it under a microscope to determine which type of psoriasis or other skin condition you may have. 

How is psoriasis treated?

Effective psoriasis treatments include:

Home remedies

Things you can do at home to reduce the severity of psoriasis flare-ups include keeping your skin moist, taking daily baths using mild soap and lukewarm water, covering affected skin patches overnight along with ointment-based moisturizers, and exposing affected skin to small amounts of sunlight.

Avoid scratching your skin, psoriasis triggers, and hot temperatures. Eat nutritious foods, get regular exercise, maintain a healthy body weight, and limit or avoid alcohol. 

Medicines

Using oral or topical medications, or receiving injections, can reduce uncomfortable psoriasis symptoms. 

Light therapy

Exposing affected skin to artificial or natural light is another effective treatment for psoriasis. Dr. Bond may recommend light therapy alone or combined with other psoriasis solutions. Repeat treatments offer you the best results.

To learn more about psoriasis treatment options, call James R. Bond, Jr., MD, PA, or use the online booking feature today.

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