Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory skin disorder that affects quality of life. There is currently no cure for psoriasis, but there are multiple psoriasis treatments available that can usually lead to clearing of symptoms. The goal of treatment is to stop the overgrowth of skin cells that lead to plaque formation and inflammation.
Psoriasis usually appears as a red or white flaky patch with thick scale. It is common on the elbows, knees, and scalp but can appear anywhere on the body.
Psoriasis can be associated with arthritis, diabetes, and coronary artery disease. Your provider will work with you to determine your best treatment. Approximately 30% of patients who have had psoriasis more than 10 years will develop psoriatic arthritis. This can present as joint pain, severe stiffness, swelling and redness of the joint.
WHAT WE DO
- Topical medications
- Intralesional injections
- Light therapy – Excimer laser– we are currently the only office in Savannah to offer this treatment
- Oral medications – Otezla®, Methotrexate, Soriatane®, Cyclosporin
- Biologic injectables – Humira®, Enbrel®, Stelara®, Cosentyx®, Remicaide®
- New biologic agents are currently undergoing trials
Our providers at Gaughf Dermatology are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of psoriasis. Every patient with psoriasis should visit the National Psoriasis Foundation online for additional information and support about their disease.