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Psoriasis Treatment in Arizona

Our dermatology offices serve Arizona and the surrounding area.  We offer state-of-the-art dermatology services and a comprehensive range of medical and cosmetic dermatological care. Board certified doctors are here to solve your medical skin problem or help you look your best.   We have a range of tools, techniques and strategies that will rejuvenate your skin and help you look 20 years younger. We are committed to providing you with the highest quality of care for your skin. We pledge to provide you with superior, individualized, and confidential care starting with a comprehensive consultation and ending with natural looking results.  We run an efficient and pleasant practice believing your time is just as valuable as ours.  So, call and set up an appointment.  That’s the first step toward looking your best.

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Psoriasis

Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition of the face that has redness on the cheeks, nose, chin, eyelids and forehead. The redness can even appear in the eyes. The condition has small pimples and pronounced blood vessels. Unfortunately, there is no cure for rosacea but it can be controlled with medication and changes in lifestyle.   Call a board certified dermatologist.

What is Rosacea?

Chronic facial skin condition with severe redness and visable blood vessels. While it is a superficial skin condition, 3 Million people in the United State suffer from it. Most are people with Rosacea are women 30-50 years old.

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The symptoms are: Small red pustules (or bumps) on the nose, forehead, cheeks, and chin. Small and red blood vessels that are visible Bulbous nose that is red Cheeks that appear flush Burning or stinging sensation on the face

Ocular Rosaceaimage

50% of Rosacea patients develop red pustules, red blood vessels around the eye lid and within eye. The eyes may feel burning and irritated. Ocular Rosacea makes the eyes appear bloodshot. This can lead to conjunctivitis, an inflammation of the inner eyelids.

What causes Rosacea?

​Rosacea tends to be hereditary. The causes are still not determined. However, sufferers of Rosacea tend to be of northern European decent and have fair complexions. While the characteristic red facial skin may be hidden by brown skinned people people of color also may have the bulbous nose and redness in the eyes. image

Some causes:

Spicy foods High amounts of coffee Chronic stress Extends exposure to sunlight History of sunburns Some medications like corticosteroids and some blood pressure medication Rosacea treatments Rosacea can be managements with lifestyle changes. First and foremost, avoid doing all of thea activities that are listed above: spicy food, coffee, stress and extended sunlight exposure.

Actively manage outbreaks:

Use sun screen when you are in the sun. Winter scarves should be wrapped around the face for protection. Only use hypo-allergenic moisturizers, cleansers and cosmetics Manage your stress levels See a dermatologist for more information. microdermabrasion

Medications that are prescribed for Rosacea

Topical creams: antibiotics (such as metronidazole) Oral medications: oral antibiotics (such as tetracycline, minocycline, and doxycycline) Acne drug; Accutane (Isotretinoin) Laser surgery Sometimes Rosacea is mispelled Roacia, Rosea

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Psoriasis

We can help you treat and manage your psoriasis. Below are descriptions of the different types of psoriasis. Psoriasis is a skin condition but it is in fact a systemic disease resulting from a malfunction of the immune system. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, 7.5 million people suffer from the disorder Psoriasis is a common skin condition that comes in several common types: Plaque psoriasis consists of raised lesions covered with a variable amount of silvery scales most commonly seen on the elbows, knees, scalp, and trunk. [caption id="attachment_824" align="aligncenter" width="285"]Plaque Psoriasis | Psoriasis. Plaque Psoriasis[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_825" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Plaque Psoriasis Plaque Psoriasis[/caption] Guttate psoriasis is small circular lesions that come on suddenly and are seen after infections. This type of psoriasis attacks children more than adults. This type of psoriasis is not always chronic. inverse, pustular, scalp, erythrodermic, and psoriatic inflammatory arthritis. [caption id="attachment_827" align="aligncenter" width="230"]Guttate Psoriasis | Psoriasis. Guttate Psoriasis[/caption] Inverse psoriasis is when the scaly plaques develop in skin fold areas like the axillae, groin and buttock creases and the folds under the breasts. It develops from the heat and moisture generated from skin to skin friction. [caption id="attachment_826" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Inverse Psoriasis Inverse Psoriasis[/caption] Erythrodermic psoriasis often comes from stress to the body like an infection or fever. This condition has bright red legions, over larger areas. Finger nail color changes and can even be lost with Erythrodermic psoriasis. There are special psoriasis treatments for this condition. Triggers to psoriasis leading to psoriasis treatment Psoriasis is controllable, but not curable. Many things can trigger the onset and continuation of psoriasis: 1. Bacterial and viral infections 2. Stress: emotional or frictional on the skin surface inducing new areas of psoriasis to breakout. 3. Medications: beta-blockers, lithium, antimalarial medications, prednisone and other oral steroids 4. Injury to the skin: intentional such as with surgery, or unintentional such as a cut or scrape 5. Dry skin: may lead to scratching of the skin 6. Too little sunlight and even too much sunlight causing a sunburn 7. Alcohol can affect psoriasis. 8. Nicotine: smoking and smokeless tobacco products 9. Patients with weakened immune systems (AIDS, cancer chemotherapy patients, and patients with autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis) may have more severe bouts of psoriasis.

Psoriasis Treatments

There are three options for treating psoriasis:

Topical:

Moisturizers, topical steroids, and “peeling” agents (salicylic or lactic acids, and dandruff shampoos.) The effectiveness of this psoriasis treatment depends on the individual reaction.

Systemic:

"Biological” injectable medicines are being to treat psoriasis. These require a consultation with a dermatologist. They include : adalimumab, etanercept, infliximab, ustekinumab and ustekinumab. These drug treatments are also known by their trademarked names. Consult with Dr. Norman Levan to see if this type of psoriasis treatment is right for you.

Phototherapy:

This is careful exposure and precise exposure of your skin to ultraviolet light. But UVA and UVB treatments are used. It is a painless procedure and must be used in combination with oral and topical treatments. This type of psoriasis treatment is call PUVA treatment and is usually done in the office of a dermatologist. http://youtu.be/1KImnvvHNHk

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Psoriasis treatment vary widely from simply using over the counter remedies to photo therapy under the care of dermatologist. Find out how to treat your psoriasis. Board certified and a member of the American Association of Dermatology Psoriasis
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