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Our dermatology offices serve Washington 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

Razor bumps

It is an inflammatory reaction to the hair shaft entering the skin, most common in African American who shave regularly. Curved hair follicles and curly hair common among African American is a major contributor. Preventing of razor bumps Laser hair removal is the best method of removing unwanted hair in individuals affected with this condition. The laser device is programmed to selectively target the pigment in the hair follicle, destroying it, while leaving the skin intact. There is an increased risk of skin damage is individuals with darker skin types because of greater amounts of pigment in the skin. Electrical clippers are found by many to cause less bumps than razors. If one must shave it is important to avoid a close shave to help prevent razor bumps.

Below are some principles to avoid razor bumps

1. Brush hairs with polyester sponge before shaving 2. Wash beard, use pre-shave cream or gel 3. Use a sharp blade and rinse after each stroke 4. Avoid double and triple blade razors 5. Shave in the direction of hair growth 6.Do not pull the skin taut 7. Apply a cold compress after shaving, then a soothing aftershave preparation Call us to learn more about resolving your razor bumps.

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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 Shingles
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