Dr. Robert A. Norman Dermatology
Dermatologists located in Tampa, FL & Riverview, FL
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition in which your skin cells grow too fast, resulting in thick patches of skin that can be very painful. Regular ongoing dermatological care is an important part of preventing flare-ups of psoriasis and improving quality of life. Robert A. Norman, DO, MPH, MBA, and his team at Dr. Robert A. Norman Dermatology specialize in the management of psoriasis and can help keep your skin clear and healthy. For an appointment, contact the Riverview or Tampa, Florida, office today by phone or online.
Psoriasis Q & A
What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that develops when your body creates skin cells too quickly. The extra skin cells build up on the surface of your skin, creating thick, patchy areas that may be itchy and painful. The patches of skin most often develop on the legs, elbows, arms, and knees.
It’s not contagious, but the skin disorder tends to run in families and can develop at any age. You may notice that your skin tends to flare up with certain medications. Not getting enough sunlight can also increase your risk of a skin rash.
What are the symptoms of psoriasis?
Psoriasis symptoms can vary and in mild cases may even go unnoticed. Common symptoms include:
- Thick, red patches of skin with scaly surfaces
- Cracked skin that may bleed
- Itching or burning patches of skin
- Painful patches of skin
- Thickened, pitted, or ridged nails
Psoriasis can also affect your joints, leading to pain and swelling. This condition is referred to as psoriatic arthritis. Psoriasis isn’t life-threatening, but it can keep you from doing the things you enjoy.
How is psoriasis diagnosed?
The team at Dr. Robert A. Norman Dermatology conducts a comprehensive examination when you come in for skin concerns so you get the most accurate diagnosis. You can expect your initial appointment to take anywhere from 30-90 minutes.
During your examination, your skin care specialist reviews your medical and family history and evaluates your skin, as well as your scalp and nails. Your specialist may be able to diagnose whether your skin condition is psoriasis during your evaluation. However, if there’s any uncertainty, a skin biopsy may be recommended.
What are the treatments for psoriasis?
The goal of your psoriasis treatment is to minimize your flare-ups. Currently, there is no cure for psoriasis, but the team at Dr. Robert A. Norman Dermatology can provide treatments to help keep your skin clear. Your treatment may include steroids, oils, sprays, medications, vitamins, or light therapy.
Your specialist works closely with you to develop the most effective plan to manage your skin and keep it healthy. Maintaining control of your psoriasis is important for alleviating pain and improving quality of life.
For a consultation, call Dr. Robert A. Norman Dermatology today or request an appointment online.