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Psoriasis Specialist

Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology

Dermatologists & Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists located in Pleasanton, CA

Psoriasis is a chronic condition affecting more than 7.5 million Americans, and unfortunately, there isn’t a cure. But you can certainly get treatments to improve your skin’s health and minimize symptoms at Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology in Pleasanton, California. Sarah Coates, MD, and Richard Burroughs, MD, provide advanced solutions for psoriasis, including state-of-the-art laser resurfacing and clinical-grade topical treatments. If you’re ready to take control of your psoriasis flare-ups, call the office to make an appointment or use the online scheduling system.

Psoriasis Q & A

What causes psoriasis?

Psoriasis is caused by inflammatory chemicals made by T-lymphocytes, which are specialized white blood cells. This reaction sends faulty signals that trigger rapid skin cell production. 

Because new skin cells develop faster than old skin cells shed, your cells pile up, and you develop scaly, thick patches.

Psoriasis can develop at any age, although the initial onset usually occurs between 15-30 years of age, or between ages 50-60. If you have psoriasis, these triggers may worsen your condition:

  • Stress or anxiety
  • Strep throat
  • Colder weather
  • Bad sunburn or wound
  • Certain prescription medications 

While redness caused by psoriasis may appear contagious, it’s not, so you don’t have to worry about spreading it to others. 

Are there different types of psoriasis?

Yes. Each type develops in different areas of your body and causes unique symptoms. 

One of the most common types of psoriasis is plaque psoriasis, which leads to patches that have a silvery-white coating. Plaque psoriasis can occur anywhere on your body, but patients usually have it on their elbows, knees, lower back, and scalp. 

Other types of psoriasis and related symptoms include:

  • Guttate psoriasis: causes small red spots on your torso
  • Pustular psoriasis: leads to swollen pus-filled bumps
  • Inverse psoriasis: forms raw red patches where skin rubs against skin 
  • Erythrodermic psoriasis: causes red patches that look like burns

You can even have several types of psoriasis at the same time, so your provider at Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology spends time evaluating all parts of your body. 

How is psoriasis treated?

Your psoriasis treatment plan depends on how much of your skin is affected. If less than 10% of your skin shows signs of psoriasis, you may benefit from topical creams, lotions, or sprays that can improve your skin’s health. Sometimes a local steroid injection is also beneficial if you have tough psoriatic plaque buildup.

For moderate to severe cases of psoriasis that covers more than 10% of your body, topical solutions might not be effective or practical. 

In this case, you could need laser or ultraviolet light treatments. Sometimes these treatments are paired with oral medications or injections to decrease progression. 

If you have psoriasis, schedule an appointment at Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology by calling the office or booking online.