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Psoriasis services offered in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Punta Gorda, FL

If you develop skin inflammation, redness, or scaly skin that embarrasses you, turn to the team of board-certified dermatologists at Associates in Dermatology. Located in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Punta Gorda, Florida, the practice offers psoriasis treatments using innovative and  FDA-approved XTRAC® phototherapy to achieve the clear, gorgeous skin you desire without irritation. Schedule an evaluation by phone or online today.

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a skin condition associated with inflammation, swelling, redness, and other bothersome symptoms. It’s characterized by discomfort and scaly skin. 

If you suspect you have psoriasis or are at risk of developing it, see the team at Associates in Dermatology for an evaluation. The practice offers advanced treatments that perfect the look and health of your skin. 

Which symptoms can psoriasis cause?

The following symptoms are associated with psoriasis:

  • Scaly skin
  • Rashes
  • Skin inflammation
  • Discolored skin
  • Raised areas of thickened skin
  • Flaky skin that sheds
  • Skin itching
  • Cracked, dry skin
  • Small bumps that grow
  • Joint pain
  • Crumbly, pitted, or cracked nails
  • Skin discomfort 

These symptoms often range from mild to severe. They can appear on multiple areas of your body, including your face, scalp, mouth, elbows, knees, or genitals. Symptoms might also develop on your hands, feet, lower back, toenails, or fingernails.

What might increase my risk of psoriasis?

Risk factors associated with psoriasis or its symptoms include:

  • Stress
  • Infections
  • Overactive immune system
  • Family history of psoriasis
  • Skin injuries
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Some medications
  • Body temperature changes

Adopting healthy habits may reduce your risk of psoriasis, but you can’t necessarily avoid it if you have certain risk factors.

How does a dermatologist diagnose psoriasis?

Your dermatologist diagnoses psoriasis by discussing your medical history, examining affected skin, and reviewing your lifestyle habits and treatment preferences. 

They may complete a biopsy to confirm your condition. A biopsy is a sample of affected skin that your dermatologist examines under a microscope to look for abnormalities. 

How is psoriasis typically treated?

Depending on your psoriasis symptoms and their severity, your dermatologist might suggest one or more of the following treatments:

  • Steroid creams
  • Medications
  • Moisturizers
  • Vitamin ointments or creams
  • Medicated shampoos or lotions

Associates in Dermatology also offers cutting-edge XTRAC laser phototherapy to treat psoriasis. The XTRAC laser’s precise, targeted therapy produces rapid results, employing highly concentrated ultraviolet-B (UVB) light that reduces T-cell overproduction. 

XTRAC is quick, simple, and painless, requiring just a few seconds of laser exposure twice a week until the plaques improve. 

Your specific treatment plan depends on your goals, symptoms, age, overall health, and whether you have other skin conditions. Avoid things that trigger psoriasis flare-ups and maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

Your dermatologist follows up to ensure you achieve the clear, healthier skin you deserve. He can change your treatment plan if needed to ensure long-lasting results with a low risk of complications.

Call the Associates in Dermatology office or use the online booking feature today to get treated for psoriasis.