Psoriasis Specialist

Latham Dermatology

Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Dermatology located in Latham, NY

It’s estimated that nearly 7 million adults in the United States have psoriasis, which is a chronic, but manageable skin condition. Christine Yang-Finnin, MD, at Latham Dermatology in Latham, New York, is a skin care expert who can help you manage your psoriasis and help prevent flare-ups. Call today, or schedule an appointment using the online booking button to get help for your psoriasis.

Psoriasis Q & A

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that affects the growth cycle of your skin cells, causing them to grow faster than normal, leading to scaly, dry patches of skin that can sometimes be painful.

Anyone can develop psoriasis, but you may be more at risk if you have a family history of psoriasis or a weakened immune system. Smokers are also at an increased risk of developing psoriasis.

There are several different types of psoriasis, each producing different types of symptoms, including:

  • Plaque psoriasis
  • Nail psoriasis
  • Guttate psoriasis
  • Inverse psoriasis
  • Pustular psoriasis
  • Erythrodermic psoriasis

In addition to affecting your skin, psoriasis can also affect your joints, causing them to become swollen and inflamed.

 

What are the symptoms of psoriasis?

Psoriasis symptoms differ and can sometimes be confused with other skin conditions, such as eczema.

Common symptoms include:

  • Patches of red skin covered in thick silvery scales
  • Dry skin that may crack or bleed
  • Skin that feels itchy or burning

Your psoriasis breakouts can be small or large, and you may notice that they run in cycles, flaring for up for a few weeks to a few months, then going into remission for an extended period of time.

If you have psoriasis, you may notice that certain activities or environmental factors trigger your condition, such as stress, an infection, or cigarette smoke.

 

How is psoriasis treated?

Treatment for psoriasis is aimed at reducing inflammation and preventing flare-ups. Dr. Yang-Finnin may use a variety of methods to help keep your psoriasis at bay, such as:

Topical medication

If you have mild to moderate psoriasis, Dr. Yang-Finnin may be able to help clear up your skin with topical creams or ointments, such as corticosteroids, retinoids, or salicylic acid.

Keeping your skin moisturized may also help reduce breakouts. Dr. Yang-Finnin can recommend a good moisturizer for your specific skin type.

Light therapy

Exposing your skin to ultraviolet (UV) light may also help clear up your skin. You can get light therapy directly from the sun or from a special lamp that provides the exact wave of UV light your skin needs.

Systemic treatment

If your psoriasis is severe, Dr. Yang-Finnin may prescribe oral or injectable medication to help keep your skin clear. Medications include retinoids, methotrexate, or medications that alter your immune system.

For high-quality medical management of your psoriasis, call Latham Dermatology, or schedule an appointment online.