Psoriasis Specialist

Elevation Dermatology

Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology & Dermatopathology located in Wheat Ridge, CO

Psoriasis can be itchy, painful, and affect your appearance. Living with psoriasis has its challenges, but Dr. Kim Neyman at Elevation Dermatology can help you manage psoriasis, so it doesn’t interfere with your quality of life. Dr. Neyman is a skilled dermatologist with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of psoriasis. For more information, contact the office in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, or schedule a consultation online.

Psoriasis

What is psoriasis?

If you have psoriasis, your body produces new skin cells much faster than it should. The excess cells build up, resulting in thickened patches of skin that look unusual and can be itchy and uncomfortable.

What are the different types of psoriasis?

The most prevalent type of psoriasis is plaque psoriasis, where raised patches that can be very itchy, and may also burn or sting, appear on the skin. These patches are known as “plaques.”

Other types of psoriasis include:

  • Guttate psoriasis
  • Inverse psoriasis
  • Pustular psoriasis
  • Erythrodermic psoriasis

Between 10-30% of people with psoriasis also have pain and swelling in the joints, known as psoriatic arthritis.

What are the signs and symptoms of psoriasis?

Psoriasis signs and symptoms vary depending on the type and severity of the disease. The most common symptoms include:

  • Patches of red, inflamed skin, sometimes covered in silver scales
  • Itchy, painful skin
  • Cracked skin that may bleed
  • Discoloration, pitting, or crumbling fingernails or toenails
  • Pain, stiffness, or swelling in the joints

Psoriasis can occur anywhere on the body, but the most common areas are the elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back. In severe cases, plaques may merge together, covering large areas of the skin.

What causes psoriasis?

Psoriasis isn’t contagious, but the cause of psoriasis isn’t fully understood. There appears to be a relationship between psoriasis and the immune system.

Anyone can get psoriasis, but genetics, recurring infections like strep throat, and certain medications can increase your risk for the disease.

Psoriasis can improve or even go away for periods of time; certain triggers may cause outbreaks, including:

  • Stress
  • Cold or dry weather
  • Skin injury
  • Illness or infection
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol

Identifying triggers, and learning to avoid them, is an essential step in learning to manage your psoriasis.

How is psoriasis treated?

Psoriasis can’t be cured, but Dr. Neyman can help you manage the disease, so it has less impact on your daily life. Dr. Neyman customizes your treatment plan to your individual diagnosis. In addition to avoiding triggers, treatment options may include:

  • Topical medications
  • Light therapy
  • Oral medications

Regular checkups with Dr. Neyman allow her to monitor your psoriasis, so she can make adjustments to your treatment plan as soon as changes in your condition arise.

To learn more about psoriasis treatment, call Elevation Dermatology or book an appointment online.