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How Does a Dermatologist Treat Psoriasis?

If you have plaque psoriasis (also called psoriasis vulgaris), you know just how difficult it can be to find an effective treatment for this chronic skin condition. Living with uncontrolled psoriasis is irritating and unpleasant, from physical symptoms like the characteristic scaly rash to emotional factors like self-consciousness, but you don’t need to go through it alone.

At ADF Dermatology and Skin Surgical Center, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Alfredo Fernandez has helped countless children and adults manage their plaque psoriasis. If you’re tired of hiding under long sleeves in the summer or living in fear of your next flare-up, here’s what you need to know about professional psoriasis treatments.

Identifying Your Psoriasis Triggers

Psoriasis causes a buildup of cells on your skin’s surface due to a misdirected immune system response. While the condition can’t be cured, the first step in treating plaque psoriasis is to identify your triggers and avoid them whenever possible.

Common causes for psoriasis flare-ups include:

  • Skin injuries like cuts, scrapes, or bug bites.
  • Smoking and tobacco products.
  • Alcohol consumption. 
  • Emotional stress.
  • Illness like a cold, flu, or strep throat.
  • Certain medications.
  • Cold, dry weather.

Keeping a journal of your symptoms and noting potential triggers can help our providers create a more effective treatment plan.

What Are the Most Effective Psoriasis Treatments?

The best treatment for your psoriasis depends on several factors, including the type you have, your age, and your responses to past medications. Topical treatments tend to be the first line of defense. These include corticosteroids, retinoids, or vitamin D creams. A dermatologist can prescribe more potent topicals than over-the-counter options.

If your psoriasis is unresponsive to topicals, our dermatologist can prescribe oral medications like cyclosporine, retinoids, or methotrexate. Unfortunately, some patients experience unwanted side effects or don’t find relief from flare-ups. If that’s the case for you, our dermatologist may recommend narrowband ultraviolet-B light therapy to slow the production of excess skin cells. Psoriasis treatment often involves a combination of oral, topical, and light therapies. 

Schedule Your Psoriasis Treatment Appointment

Psoriasis can cause significant physical discomfort and emotional distress, especially when it feels out of your control. ADF Dermatology and Skin Surgical Center’s providers, led by pediatric dermatologist Dr. Fernandez, are here to make this condition feel more manageable. Call 941-906-7546 to book your appointment in Sarasota, Florida, or 941-743-7546 to schedule in Port Charlotte, Florida. Our warm and welcoming providers will create a treatment plan to help you find relief. 


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