Psoriasis Specialist

Glendale Dermatology

Dermatologists located in Glendale, CA

Patients who live with uncomfortable and unattractive psoriasis find expert treatment from the award-winning dermatologists and providers practicing at Glendale Dermatology in Glendale, California.

Psoriasis Q & A

Glendale Dermatology

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a skin condition resulting from the rapid buildup of skin cells, characterized by red, raised, dry, and cracked scaly skin patches. In some cases, psoriasis affects the fingernails, causing yellowing and small depressions in the nail bed. Psoriasis develops on a spectrum ranging from mild to severe, and, in most cases, causes itching and burning in affected areas or skin.

Psoriasis is the result of an autoimmune disorder that causes skin cells replace themselves every 3 to 4 days, rather than the usual 30. This leads to the build-up of excess cells on the skin's surface. The scaly dry patches most often appear on the scalp, elbows, knees, hands, feet and genitals. Although there is no cure, there are several treatments available to effectively relieve symptoms. In the United States, more than 7 million men, women, and children have psoriasis.

What Are the Symptoms of Psoriasis?

For many people who have it, psoriasis is merely a cosmetic issue due to the dry and red patches of skin. In some cases, psoriasis can cause severe pain, especially when associated with arthritis. The symptoms of psoriasis flare up and recede throughout the patient’s life. Each patient has a unique experience with psoriasis, but common symptoms include the following:

  • Crusting on the skin
  • Dry, cracked skin
  • Itching or burning
  • Red patches of skin covered with silvery white scales
  • Tenderness
  • Thickened nails

How is Psoriasis Treated?

The dermatologists at Glendale Dermatology, tailor treatment plans to specifically address the unique needs of each patient. Treatment for psoriasis typically focuses on clearing the skin of current symptoms and to interrupt the abnormal cycle that has caused an increased production of skin cells. While each patient is cared for individually, common treatments include topical ointments and lotions, oral medication including biologics, light therapies, Xtrac laser treatments or a combination of these treatments. Patients with psoriasis can help relieve symptoms by keeping the skin clean and moisturized, covering the affected areas while sleeping, and avoiding catalysts such as stress, smoking, and alcohol. By adhering to a provider's treatment plan and following the recommended at-home care, effective relief from psoriasis is possible.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Glendale Dermatology, we accept PPO plans of the following insurances. We do not accept any EPO plans, HMO, or Covered California plans at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience. We gladly accommodate patients without insurance who wish to pay out of pocket with discounted prices.

Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross
Blue Cross
Blue Shield
Cigna
Health Net
Medicare
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UMR
United Healthcare