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What is Psoriasis?

If you’re suffering from psoriasis, you’re not alone. Nearly 7.5 million people in the United States suffer from this common skin disease, most of whom have suffered from it their entire life. Psoriasis is a term that encompasses a group of chronic dermatological disorders that affect any part of the body but most frequently affect the scalp, elbows, knees, hands, feet, and genitals. Most cases of psoriasis involve an itching and/or burning sensation, scaling, and crusting of the skin. Psoriasis is not contagious and is triggered when the immune system mistakenly activates a type of white blood cell known as the T cell. This causes skin cells to grow faster than normal and the body does not shed the excess cells so they begin to form on the surface of the skin. There are a variety of triggers that cause the body to start producing skin cells too quickly such as stress, strep throat, winter weather, or severe sunburns.

There are many treatments for psoriasis depending on the type and severity of the symptoms. Read about some of the psoriasis treatment options that Paloma Dermatology offers below, and schedule an appointment to find the best treatment option for you.

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What Types of Psoriasis Treatment are Available?

Corticosteroid Injections
A light corticosteroid can be injected into unsightly psoriasis plaques by our board-certified dermatologist for quick healing. The chemical injection works to reduce inflammation and the size of plaque.

Biologic Therapy
Biologic therapy treatments work on the immune system to block proteins that contribute to the psoriasis disease process. Biologics are made from living organisms and have proven to successfully treat psoriasis for those who haven’t had much success with other treatment options. Biologic medication is used for moderate and severe psoriasis and is offered as a simple injection or by intravenous (IV) infusion. By doing so, biologic therapy reduces the major effects of psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis such as swelling and inflammation.

Phototherapy encompasses a range of treatments that use ultraviolet light to slow the rapid growth of new skin cells caused by psoriasis. We offer two types of phototherapy treatments to help reduce the symptoms and manage your psoriasis efficiently. All treatments must be performed regularly in our office to receive the best possible results.

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Contact Paloma Dermatology today for a psoriasis treatment consultation tailored to your needs.

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Paloma Dermatology

Phone: 520-308-5047

Fax: 520-308-5274


6127 N. La Cholla Blvd, Ste. 175
Tucson, AZ 85741
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