Psoriasis

Psoriasis Specialist
For Patients in Petal, Hattiesburg, Ellisville, Collins, and Columbia dealing with psoriasis, Dr. Roy can help. At his practice, Dr. Roy offers several treatment options, including topical creams, oral medications, and laser treatment

Psoriasis Q&A



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What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a medical illness which is categorized by skin cells which multiply up to 10 times faster than normal. When core cells approach the skin's surface and expire, the sheer number causes raised, red plaques with white scales to develop. Psoriasis typically develops on the elbows, scalp, and knees, but it can also occur on the palms, torso, and soles of the feet. Psoriasis is an immune system disorder. 

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Patches of red, inflamed skin which are frequently covered with loose, silvery scales. They can be itchy, cause discomfort, and can crack or bleed.
  • Patches of scales or crust can form on the head.
  • Fingernails and toenails can become pitted or discolored. They can also crumble or separate from the nail bed.

What Causes Flare-ups?

Every individual will have unique triggers. When an individual knows what triggers a flare up, symptoms can be controlled better. Triggers include:

  • Specific medicines
  • Skin Infections and injury
  • Cold, dry environments
  • Stress
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking

What Are the Treatments for Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is effectively treated with several topical and systemic treatments. When less serious, salicylic acid ointment softens the skin by causing irritated areas to shed and is often recommend. A frequently used psoriasis treatment is steroid cream which lessens inflammation, minimizes itching, and stops the production of overproduced cells. Calcipotriene, which is associated with vitamin D, is effective especially when combined with a topical corticosteroid ointment. Coal-tar shampoos and ointments can assist to slow the rapid growth of skin cells and reduce symptoms. However, some individuals are prone to the unwanted side effects. Prescription retinoids which contain synthetic forms of vitamin A can help to improve psoriasis as well. For incessant, difficult-to-treat cases, several doctors recommend light therapy, such as the Pharos Excimer Laser, and when other options are unsuccessful, oral medications may be prescribed to address psoriasis.

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