Dermatologists located in Menlo Park, CA
As leading psoriasis experts, Elizabeth Gould, MD and Sarah Jacobson, MD know how uncomfortable and embarrassing a psoriasis flare-up can be. At Gould-Jacobson Dermatology in Menlo Park, California, they offer the latest psoriasis treatments, including topical medicines, biologics and phototherapy. If you have a history of psoriasis or are experiencing symptoms of psoriasis, call or book an appointment online today.
Psoriasis Q & A
What is psoriasis?
Normally when skin cells die off, they slough away naturally, and new skin cells come to the surface. When you have psoriasis, though, your body speeds up the life cycle of skin cells — as much as ten times faster than normal.
Because cells don’t have the time to shed, they continue to stack on top of one another. This buildup of skin cells causes thickened plaque patches known as psoriasis.
What are the symptoms of psoriasis?
If you have psoriasis, you’re probably going to develop red patches that are covered with thick, flaky, silvery scales. You might also notice:
- Dry, cracked skin
- Thickened or ridged nails
- Unexplained itching or burning
- Swollen or stiff joints
You can develop these issues on just a few patches of skin, or over large areas. Usually, psoriasis happens in cycles. You can have a flare-up that lasts for a few weeks or even several months at a time.
When symptoms do finally subside, it could be months or even years until you have issues again. Sometimes, psoriasis sufferers even go into complete remission.
How is psoriasis treated?
Because psoriasis can become incredibly uncomfortable, and even embarrassing, Dr. Gould and Dr. Jacobson strive to find the best solution to meet your needs. Many psoriasis sufferers find relief by applying topical corticosteroids. Not only do these specialized ointments reduce inflammation, but they also improve issues with itching.
Your treatment plan could also include:
- Vitamin D analog creams to slow skin cell growth
- Topical vitamin A retinoids to decrease inflammation
- Salicylic acid ointment to promote sloughing of dead skin cells
- UVB phototherapy to promote healing
Dr. Gould and Dr. Jacobson also offer a wide variety of clinical-grade moisturizers, including Obagi®. While deep-penetrating moisturizing creams won’t heal psoriasis on their own, they can certainly improve issues with itching, flaking, and dryness.
If you struggle with psoriasis, call Gould-Jacobson Dermatology or book an appointment online today.