The physical symptoms of psoriasis are unpredictable and can leave you feeling embarrassed and self-conscious when out in public. The condition can also cause significant pain and frustration during each flare-up. Dr. Jean-Denis Boucher offers several effective psoriasis treatments at the Lone Star State Dermatology Clinic in San Antonio. He is skilled in treating the condition and reducing symptoms to restore your quality of life. Book your appointment online today.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder characterized by skin cells that reproduce much faster than usual. When an abnormal number of cells reach the surface of the skin, raised, scaly plaque develops. These flaky skin patches cause discomfort and pain, and without proper treatment can even cause disfiguration in the affected area.
Infections, severe sunburn, stress, trauma, and certain medications trigger the condition. It can also flare up due to a withdrawal of regular psoriasis treatment.
Patients who have psoriasis experience periods of frustrating flare-ups and remissions over their lifetime. There's no cure for psoriasis, but Dr. Boucher offers several treatment options to reduce red, scaly areas of the skin.
Psoriasis is most common on the elbows, knees, soles of the feet, palms, and torso. It can even occur on the scalp. Common symptoms of psoriasis include:
Psoriasis may also lead to psoriatic arthritis, a painful condition marked by swelling in the joints.
The primary goal of treating psoriasis is stopping the excessive growth of skin cells. Dr. Boucher may first recommend lifestyle changes, including stress management techniques. If you’re a smoker, he can recommend effective smoking cessation assistance.
Dr. Boucher creates a custom treatment plan to alleviate pain and reduce scaly flare-ups. Other treatment options for psoriasis include:
Prescription creams and ointments reduce inflammation and prevent itching for mild cases of psoriasis.
Slow the growth of skin cells for mild to severe psoriasis.
Reduce inflammation and scaly patches in severe psoriasis cases. Dr. Boucher may use immune system-altering injections when other therapies fail.
Removes dead skin cells and reduces scaling. May be combined with other treatments to increase effectiveness.
Uses natural or artificial light to slow skin cell growth and reduce scaling for mild to moderate psoriasis.
Dr. Boucher performs a comprehensive physical exam of your psoriasis symptoms to determine the best treatment. He may initially try a combination of methods to observe your body's response.
Untreated psoriasis can cause further medical complications and increase your risk of developing other diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and other autoimmune conditions.
Schedule your appointment online for a psoriasis consultation.