Psoriasis is a common skin condition that can cause significant symptoms for many patients. At West Sound Dermatology in Poulsbo, Washington, our providers help patients find relief through a range of treatment options including topical medications, phototherapy and more. 

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease which causes patches of red, itchy or scaly skin. Most psoriasis patients experience periodic flare-ups which may be triggered by factors such as cold weather, injury, smoking, stress or certain medications. Patients may suffer from various types of psoriasis, including:

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

Psoriasis Symptoms 

Psoriasis patients may suffer from various symptoms. The specific symptoms you face will vary depending on the type of psoriasis you face. These symptoms often flare up and subside periodically through a patient’s life. Common symptoms include:

  • Patches of itchy or inflamed skin (plaques)
  • Cracking or bleeding skin
  • Swelling or stiffness of joints
  • Thickened, pitted or ridged nails

Psoriasis Treatment Options 

Psoriasis symptoms can be controlled through several topical, oral or injected medications. Often, a combination of treatments may be recommended. Options may include:

  • Corticosteroid creams, gels, ointments or shampoos
  • Steroid injections
  • Vitamin D analogues
  • Retinoid gels, creams or pills
  • Calcineurin inhibitors
  • Salicylic acid shampoo
  • Coal tar products
  • Methotrexate (Trexall)
  • Adalimumab (Humira)
  • Infliximab (Remicade)
  • Cyclosporine 
  • Biologics (Ebrel, Stelara, Cosentyx or Taltz)
  • Phototherapy

Schedule an Appointment

To learn more about your best psoriasis treatment options, schedule an appointment at West Sound Dermatology in Poulsbo, Washington. Call (360) 824-5474 to schedule your first appointment.

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