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.
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.
The common symptoms of psoriasis include:
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.
Some of the risk factors for developing psoriasis include:
However, the exact cause of psoriasis isn’t entirely understood. Both environmental and genetic factors may play roles in its development.
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.
Effective psoriasis treatments include:
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.
Using oral or topical medications, or receiving injections, can reduce uncomfortable psoriasis symptoms.
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.