Psoriasis in Smithtown NY
Psoriasis is a chronic, noncontagious skin disorder that causes patchy and sometimes painful or itchy scales to develop all over a person's body. It affects approximately 7.5 million Americans and is the result of an abnormality in the immune system.
Most people with psoriasis can manage their dry flaky, skin with topical treatments. Applied to the skin, topical treatments include over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription creams and ointments. These psoriasis treatments work by slowing down or normalizing excessive cell reproduction and by reducing the swelling and redness associated with psoriasis. Moisturizers, too, can provide some relief for psoriasis symptoms.
Two active ingredients approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in OTC topical treatments are salicylic acid, which helps remove scales, and coal tar, which reduces inflammation, soothes itching, and help remove scales.
Prescription topical treatments are a stronger option. “Corticosteroids are the most frequently used prescription topical treatment for psoriasis,” Dr. Greenberg says.
If your psoriasis is more severe, topical treatments may not give you enough relief, and Dr. Peredo may suggest additional treatments. Options include:
Phototherapy. Also known as light therapy, phototherapy involves regularly exposing the skin to controlled levels of ultraviolet light from an artificial source.
Systemic medications. These are prescription drugs that work throughout the body. They can be taken orally, in pill form, or given by injection. Systemic psoriasis drugs fall into two categories: traditional systemics, which have been used for more than a decade, and biological response modifiers, or biologics, a relatively new class of psoriasis treatment. Traditional systemic medications are synthetic, meaning they are combinations of chemicals, while biologics are derived from animal or human proteins. Traditional systemic medications are taken orally, while biologics are given intravenously or injected, sometimes by a medical professional and sometimes by the patient.
Medical skin conditions and general dermatology concerns are a top priority for our practice. Our Board-Certified dermatologists and certified physician assistant are experienced in diagnosing and treating numerous skin conditions including, but not limited to:
- Actinic Keratoses
- Basal Cell Carcinoma
- Dry Skin
- Excessive Sweating
- Hair Loss
- Mohs Surgery
- Nail Fungus
- Spider Veins
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma