Psoriasis Specialist

Wallace Skin & Body Institute

Dermatologist located in Ladera Heights, Los Angeles, CA

Psoriasis, the most common autoimmune disease in the world, affects over 10 million people in the United States. At Wallace Skincare & Body Institute in the Ladera Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, top-rated dermatologist Paul Wallace, MD, MPA, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of the plaque, guttate, pustular, and erythrodermic varieties of psoriasis, as well as others. To schedule a psoriasis treatment consultation, call Wallace Skincare & Body Institute, or request an appointment online today.

Psoriasis Q & A

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a condition that causes your immune system to tell your body to produce skin cells at a faster-than-usual rate. During a flare-up, you develop rashes or lesions in various areas of your body because of the build-up of skin cells on the surface as they repeatedly reproduce. 

These flare-ups can affect any part of your body and can be a major source of embarrassment or discomfort. To make matters worse, psoriasis often has a link to other serious conditions that affect your health, like diabetes, depression, heart disease, and arthritis. 

What are some common symptoms of psoriasis?

There are many types of psoriasis, and they don’t all have the same exact symptoms. The most common type is plaque psoriasis, which causes raised red patches above your skin’s normal surface level, covered in white, gray, or silver scales.

Other forms of psoriasis, like inverse psoriasis or guttate psoriasis, can cause:

  • Small, irritated spots
  • Itching 
  • Dryness
  • Cracking
  • Joint swelling
  • Thick fingernail and toenail overgrowth
  • Pus-filled lesions

Dr. Wallace examines your symptoms up close and may take a skin biopsy to make a definitive psoriasis diagnosis when you visit Wallace Skincare & Body Institute. While your symptoms come in cycles, they can also stop for long periods or go into remission indefinitely. 

After your examination and biopsy, Dr. Wallace might diagnose you with plaque psoriasis, guttate psoriasis, inverse psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, erythrodermic psoriasis, or psoriatic arthritis.

How can I manage my psoriasis flare-ups?

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease without a cure. Even though it isn’t contagious, flare-ups can be difficult to manage and affect your self-esteem, even if they don’t happen very often.

Dr. Wallace helps you manage the symptoms that come with psoriasis and can even help you reduce the number of flare-ups you get with a psoriasis treatment plan. Most psoriasis treatments stop your skin cells from growing and reproducing at such a high rate. Treatments and procedures in your plan might include:

Topical medications

You spread topical medications across your skin instead of ingesting them. Retinoids, vitamin D analogues, corticosteroids, and salicylic acid are all examples of topical products that can treat psoriasis symptoms. 

Oral or injectable medications

Oral medications like biologics, steroids, or retinoids can reduce skin cell production or control inflammation with your psoriasis. Some of these medications are available in the form of injectables instead. 

Light therapy

Remarkably, several different types of light can reduce psoriasis symptoms and flare-ups. These treatments work especially well when you use them repeatedly and in combination with medications. Dr. Wallace might recommend ultraviolet B (UVB) light therapy, ultraviolet A (UVA) light therapy, treatment with an excimer laser, or plain sunlight. 

Set up your appointment for top-tier psoriasis care by calling Wallace Skincare & Body Institute or by requesting an appointment online today.